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Large & Rare Egyptian Faience Offering Cup with Cartouche of Merenptah

Large & Rare Egyptian Faience Offering Cup with Cartouche of Merenptah


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This rare Egyptian faience offering cup with the cartouche of Merenptah dates to the New Kingdom Period, circa 1213-1203 B.C. This piece is approximately 2.25 inches high, by 1.7 inches in diameter at the rim, and is a large example for the type. This example is in flawless mint quality condition, and has an attractive light blue/green faience glaze, both on the inside and outside surfaces. There are also some spotty light brown mineral deposits, and the faience glaze is rather even over the entire piece. In addition, there is a black glazed cartouche of the pharaoh Merenptah, and above, a hieroglyphic inscription meaning "Lord of the Lands". On the inside of this large offering cup, there are the preserved remnants of a calcified light brown material that is in the bottom half inch of the cup. This esoteric piece also has a gracefully designed flared upper lip, and a matching flared bottom base ring. The bottom of this piece is flat, and this piece easily stands upright. There is also an old inventory number "7B", seen inscribed on the flat bottom as well. The pharaoh Merenptah was the son of Ramses II, and was 60 years of age at his accession in about 1213 B.C. He was known for defeating a large force of invaders known as the "Sea Peoples", who are thought to have destroyed much of the Mycenaean palaces and cities. Egypt was one of the few great civilizations that survived through those turbulent times, and Merenptah, and his father Ramses II, are credited with saving Egypt. The rare offering cup offered here is an excellent example from the period, and clearly displays the name of the pharaoh. (Offering cups attributed to the pharaoh Merenptah are rare, and one of the few examples was offered by Royal-Athena Galleries, "Art of the Ancient World", 2015, no. 225. Approximately 1.6 inches high. $6,000.00 estimate. See attached photo.) Ex: Anthony Drexel collection, Philadelphia, circa 1895-1970's. Ex: Dr. Bensen Harer Jr. collection, Seattle, circa 1970's-2000's's. (Note: Additional documentation is available to the purchaser.) I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition:
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