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ES1402

An Egyptian Alabaster Offering Bowl, early Dynastic Period, circa 3100-2573 B.C.

Constructed of pale, creamy alabaster in two parts and skillfully joined, this finely polished offering vessel features a rounded rim, wide flaring shoulder and rounded squat body that tapers to a flat base.

Flinders Petrie (c1977) describes what he called "evasion of the difficulty" in the working of some stone vessels, which began during the 0-1st Dynasties and continued up to the 12th Dynasty. This is characterized by cutting the stone vessel into sections so the interior could be easily hollowed and the sections then glued back together, as can be found in this example.  

Condition:   The inside of the vessel shows signs of professional reattachment in later times, otherwise the vessel is intact and in excellent condition overall.

Dimensions: 8.25 cm ( 3.25 inches), Width: 12.7 cm (5 inches) 

Provenance:  Private Texas collection, acquired while visiting Egypt in the 1960's and then by descent.

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