Lot 1
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1st/2nd Dynasty, 2965-2815 B.C.

15,000 - 25,000 USD
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  • alabaster
  • Height 10 1/8 in. 25.7 cm.
of slender ovoid form with cylindrical neck, everted rim, and slightly convex strap handle. 


Joseph Brummer (1883-1947), New York
Reverend Theodore Pitcairn (1893-1973), acquired from the above as part of a group of four objects in 1927 or earlier
by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

Cf. A. el-Khouli, Ancient Egyptian Stone Vessels, Predynastic Period to Dynasty III, Mainz am Rhein, vol. III, 1978, p.326, pl. 83. Also compare H. Schlögl, Geschenk des Nils, Ägyptische Kunstwerke aus Schweizer Besitz, exhibition catalogue, Basel, 1978, no. 20, for a very similar example in Chephren diorite.

The form appears to be inspired by Canaanite (‘Abydos’ ware) vessels from the royal tombs at Umm el-Ga’ab; see Ruth Amiran, Ancient Pottery from the Holy Land, New Brunswick, N.J., 1970, pp. 59-66.