ANCIENT EGYPTIAN DIORITE JAR
EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD, DYNASTY II-III 2770-2575 BC.
Here you find a squat conical jar with a slightly flattened base, the disk rim undercut on the exterior, with two false lug handles on the shoulders. Had a fracture however professionally repaired and only visible to the naked eye from the inside. Measures 6 1/8 inches wide (15.6cm).
Provenance: Collected by Gustave Jéquier (1868-1946)
Ex. Billy Jamieson (1954-2011)
Authentication: Gayle Gibson, Egyptologist: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.
A similar example sold at Christie's on 7 October 2010. Sale 5488, Lot 8. Intact and only 4¾ in diam. Sale price including buyer's premium was $19,888 USD.
For a similar example, with lugs, see fig. 2.21, p.48 in Nicholson and Shaw, eds., Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology. For an ovoid jar without lugs, see fig. 15, p.23 in Hayes, The Scepter of Egypt.
Galleria Delvecchio .… “is pleased to present a collection of Egyptian antiquities assembled by the celebrated Swiss Egyptologist Gustave Jéquier. Jéquier was born in 1868 in Neuchatel. He first studied in Paris under Gaston Maspero (1846-1916) and later went to Berlin before joining the de Morgan expedition to Persia, during which time he contributed to the discovery and decipherment of the code of Hammurabi. Gustave Jéquier was a giant in the field of Egyptology whose contributions are far too numerous to list here. He is best know for his association with the French Institute in Cairo which enabled him to engage in seminal research at the pyramid site of the Old Kingdom. He also completed the work begun at Abydos by his Swiss compatriot, [Henri] Eduard Naville (1844-1926). The two are considered to be Switzerland’s most preeminent Egyptologists. One of Jéquier’s most important discoveries was the 13th Dynasty pyramid of Khendjer. He wrote extensively on his history of Egyptian architecture, and published on philology and religion as well. Gustave Jéquier died in 1946 in the city in which he was born, and most of his collection was acquired by the University of Basel. The works of art presented here were given to a sibling who emigrated to the US in the late 1940’s; the collection later passed to their daughter, Jéquier’s niece.”