Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, 21st to 25th Dynasty, ca. 1070 to 712 BCE. A gorgeous amphora carved from alabaster of creamy yellow and peach hues. The vessel is defined by a planar base, a piriform body with a rounded shoulder, a flanged neck, and a wide mouth. Alabaster, which is a form of gypsum or calcite, soft to carve, and smooth, was quarried along the length of the Nile, from Giza to just south of Luxor, and the Egyptians made its carved form famous throughout the ancient world! A very striking example! Size: 4.875" H (12.4 cm); 5.625" H (14.3 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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Minute chips to rim. A couple of nearly invisible nicks to the body. Normal surface wear. An incredibly smooth finish. Nice earthen and mineral deposits.