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:    Small 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: 45mm height. 70mm diameter.

Condition: Restored from two large fragments. Some additions to the lip and at the joint of the two fragments. Nice overall impression and wonderful polished stone. Modern black inscription "25" on the bottom side.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2020 on the British art market. Previously in a Swiss family collection, Zuerich. Acquired into the collection between 1975 and 1980 in Egypt, when the family lived in Cairo. Exported in 1980 when the family moved from Egypt to Switzerland.

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.