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An Egyptian Anhydrite (“Blue Marble”) Kohl Vessel, late 12th/early 13th Dynasty, circa 1800-1700 B.C. 
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 218,750 USD
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An Egyptian Anhydrite (“Blue Marble”) Kohl Vessel, late 12th/early 13th Dynasty, circa 1800-1700 B.C. 
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 218,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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An Egyptian Anhydrite (“Blue Marble”) Kohl Vessel, late 12th/early 13th Dynasty, circa 1800-1700 B.C. 
carved in four parts, of slender flaring form with flat base and everted rim, the cover surmounted by a small kohl jar carved in one piece with it, with separately carved broad rim and flat circular lid; apparent remains of dark gray kohl (galena?) in the upper container and underside of its lid.
Total height 4 in. 10.2 cm.
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Provenance

Garrett Chatfield Pier (American Art Association, Anderson Galleries, New York, Egyptian Antiquities from the Private Collection of Garrett Chatfield Pier, March 6th-7th, 1936, no. 71, illus.)
collection of Royall Tyler (1884-1953), Paris, acquired at the above sale on his behalf by Joseph Brummer
by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

The archaeologist and curator Garrett Chatfield Pier (1875-1943) acquired the first of his Egyptian antiquities in 1897, and “published an account of them, Egyptian Antiquities in the Pier Collection, Chicago, 1906; he lent his collection of small objects to Yale University, 1930…”; see Who Was Who in Egyptology, London, 1995, pp. 334-335.

For the use of anhydrite in ancient Egypt see Biri Fay, “Egyptian Duck Flasks of Blue Anhydrite”, Metropolitan Museum Journal, 33, New York, 1998, pp. 23-48. The author writes (p. 27) that “anhydrite objects are so rare and the period of their production so limited that the ancient source of the material must have been small, and evidently virtually exhausted by Dynasty 18…”.

Egyptian, Classical, and Western Asiatic Antiquities

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