Lot 48
  • 48

AN EGYPTIAN BLACK AND WHITE PORPHYRITIC DIORITE JAR, 1ST/2ND DYNASTY, 2965-2750 B.C. | An Egyptian Black and White Porphyritic Diorite Jar

6,000 - 9,000 GBP
13,750 GBP
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  • Diameter 13.7 cm.
of broad rounded form with flat base and strongly inward-curved shoulder, the jar now missing the separately carved rim.   


probably Dikran Khan Kelekian, Paris and New York
collection of Royall Tyler (1884-1953), Paris
then by descent to the current owner

Catalogue Note

Royall Tyler was an art historian, collector, and international financial expert based in Paris. In the 1920s and 30s he assembled a collection of early Egyptian, Persian, and Byzantine art, acquired mainly from dealers in Paris such as Dikran Kelekian and Joseph Brummer. Other fine Egyptian hardstone vases from his collection, in addition to the four examples included in the this catalogue, were sold by Sotheby’s, New York on December 8th, 2011 (nos. 38-39), June 7th, 2012 (nos. 1-2), and June 3rd, 2015 (nos. 2-5). For related examples see Flinders Petrie, Stone and Metal Vases, Wiltshire, 1977, pl. XXVI, nos. 485 and 500; also compare G.D. Scott, Ancient Egyptian Art at Yale, New Haven, 2006, no. 25, the same form in alabaster.