AN EGYPTIAN FOSSILIFEROUS LIMESTONE JAR, PRE OR EARLY DYNASTY PERIODS, 4TH.-EARLY 3RD. MILLENIUM BC.
A very rare and unsually large stone jar, cream in colour with greyish and black inclusions.
Cylindrical jar with a wide disc-rim; the exterior with a slightly waisted profile and with vertical interior walls. Very rarely seen form in limestone, normally these larger shapes are in alabaster, such a beautiful and harder stone would have been valued higher in antiquity.
Size: ca. 16 cm. tall, 9,3 cm. over the wide rim, massive piece weighing c. 1,4 kilograms.
The vessel is extremely attractive, aweseome colour of the stone, with a fantastic web of fine fossil and tuff inclusions. Deep ancient patina.
Condition: Choice! fine wear and few smaller ancient dings or bumps, but completely intact and rare as such.
Provenance: Jytte Soelberg Private Collection, bought in the 1970-1980 from much older collection of a Danish Engineer, travelling in Egypt in the 1950s.