Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 26th to 31st Dynasty, ca. 664 to 332 BCE. A beautiful jar of a spherical form, hand-carved from white alabaster with pale brown veining throughout. The vessel has a round but stable base, a pair of integral suspension lugs with vertically drilled string holes, a sloped shoulder that narrows to a corseted neck, and a flared rim surrounding the gaping mouth. The walls of the jar have been carved to a thinness that allows a small amount of light through to the opposite side while illuminating the natural veining within the stone matrix. The exterior surfaces of the vessel exhibit a polished texture as well as smooth patina that give this vessel an attractive presentation evocative of ancient Egyptian splendor. Size: 7.3" W x 6.875" H (18.5 cm x 17.5 cm)
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Neil Phillips collection, New York, USA, acquired in the 1980s
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Repaired from multiple pieces, with restoration in several areas of base, body, and rim, and resurfacing and adhesive residue along new material and break lines. Minor nicks and abrasions to body and rim, with light encrustations across exterior and heavy encrustations within interior. Nice earthen deposits and smooth patina throughout.