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ES1403

A large Alabaster Cylinder Jar, Egypt, Early Dynastic, ca. 3100–2649 B.C.

this large and fairly wide cylinder has straight sides with a projecting rim that is wide and flat with a well-defined outer edge. Identified as alabaster, this piece is most characterized from the 1-2 dynasty. The interior is well hollowed and nicely finished. Beneath the turned out lip is a single decorative relief band that is composed of jabbed marks imitating scallops or a rope.

For related examples please see: Winifred Needler, Predynastic and Archaic Egypt in The Brooklyn Museum, pg.217 fig. 45, Lawrence M. Berman, Catalog of Egyptian Art-The Cleveland Museum of Art, pg. 83-84 fig, 3 and 4, Barbara G. Aston, Ancient Egypt Stone Vessels Materials and Forms, pg. 80 and 102, fig. 30, A. El-Khouli Egyptian Stone Vessels, Predynastic Period to Dynasty III pl. 10/ 193-195 f or the form and pl. 149/91 for a schist example with straighter sides,Charles Ede Limited, Egyptian Antiquitiespg.20. 

Condition:  Rejoined from three parts, the base reconstructed, fine, hard yellowish fabric with surviving patches of glassy polish otherwise complete with small chip to the rim.  Still, a most impressive piece. 

Dimensions: Height: 18 cm (7.75 inches) Width: 12 cm (4.87 inches) 

Provenance:  Private California collection, acquired in the 1960's and then by descent.

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