Egyptian stone bowl

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Object: Egyptian stone bowl

Material: Nicely banded Egyptian alabaster, calcite type.

Period: Early Dynastic Period to Old Kingdom,
1st to 6th dynasty of ancient Egypt,
approx. 3032 BC to 2216 BC.

Description:    Bowl with steep walls tapering towards the foot. It rests on a flat base. The elegant and beautifully banded bowl was probably used for ritual purposes.

Background: The ancient Egyptian stone vessels are made to last. They are the perfect equipment for the afterlife. It is therefore no coincidence that the technology for working very hard and durable rock was developed in predynastic Egypt. The art was perfected over time and stone vessels were not only manufactured for the domestic market, but soon established themselves as sought-after export goods for the entire Eastern Mediterranean.
Due to their timeless elegance, the stone vessels are extremely popular to this day and never miss in any important collection of Egyptian antiquities.

Dimensions: 10.8cm height, 14.8cm diameter, almost perfectly circular. Heavy object.

Condition: Very good condition. Some small chips along the lip. Various stable cracks in the body. Great overall impression with the vessel's size, weight and condition. On the bottom sticker with plot "0432/2832".

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2022 on the German art market. Previously in the German private collection of W. K. Acquired into the collection in the 1960ies or 1970ies.

References: Similar J. Garstang, Tombs of the third Egyptian dynasty at Reqâqnah and Bêt Khallâf, S. 48.

Literature: A commendable collection of articles about ancient Egyptian stone vessels can be found in C. E. Loeben, Aegyptiaca Kestneriana, volume 1 (2020).

Authenticity: We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity of every artefact, all items are subject to our lifetime return policy on authenticity.