Egypt, Late Dynastic to Ptolemaic Period, ca. 664 to 30 BCE. A beautiful vessel of an elegant form and a generous size, hand-carved from banded alabaster with ample natural veining in warm hues of warm wheat, creamy beige, and caramel. The vessel, possibly a canopic jar, is defined by a flat base, an inverted piriform body, a rounded shoulder which tapers with a corseted neck, and a thick discoid rim. The interior of the jar was painstakingly carved out using a series of progressively finer drill bits and copious amounts of abrasive sand, and the exterior surface exhibits a fine polished texture. A stunning example, positively mesmerizing, especially when held to the light. Size: 5.4" W x 7.2" H (13.7 cm x 18.3 cm)
Provenance: ex Hindman Auctions - Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts Sale - July 17, 2018, Lot 585, old Chicago collection formed before 2000
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Minor abrasions to exterior surfaces, with stabilization to one lengthy fissure stemming from rim, otherwise intact and excellent. Incredibly smooth surface textures and beautiful stone coloration throughout.