Ancient Egyptian alabaster vase, 1200 BC
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1132425
Aweidah Gallery - Jerusalem based gallery
P.O.Box 51067 - Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Ancient Egyptian elegant cosmetic vessel, in slender form tapering to a narrow base with two small lug handles
This a type of Alabastron vessels was used in the ancient world for holding oil, especially perfume or massage oils. They originated in ancient Egypt as containers carved from alabaster – hence the name – but spread via ancient Greece to other parts of the classical world.
Most types of alabastron have a narrow body with a rounded end, a narrow neck and a broad, splayed mouth. They were often left without handles, but some types were equipped with ear-shaped projections or lugs into which holes were punched. Strings were then put through these holes for easy mobility.
The alabaster that this vessel is carved from is also called "calcareous sinter", a type of travertine. It is cream-grey in color. This stone can also be called "calcite", which simply refers to Egyptian alabaster. It was an abundant resource in Egypt's eastern desert. This material was commonly used by the Egyptian craftsmen to make stone vessels. This type of rock is formed by "the chemical precipitation of water saturated with dissolved calcium carbonate.
Due to the availability of alabaster, Egyptians became masters of stone-carving. It is a soft stone that is easy to work into delicate shapes and polishes very well. When cut thinly, it can be translucent. Alabaster decorative inlays and jewelry were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The stone-vessel industry blossomed in the Nile Valley, not in the eastern desert, due to smaller and more accessible alabaster deposits. After the value of the stone was fully realized, Egyptians began transporting blocks of alabaster from the deserts to the valley. The stone-vessel industry peaked during the Egyptian Early Dynastic Period.
Dated from, 1550 - 1000 BC
Measurements: Height: 15 cm - Diameter: 3 cm - Height on stand: 17 cm
Nicely displayed on a plexi-glass custom hand-made stand of high quality
Condition: Good condition with nice earthy patina, untouched as found!
Provenance; Aweidah's collection before 1970 - Registered at the IAA
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