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EV1501

An Egyptian Calcite Cylinder Jar, Old Kingdom, ca. 2543-2120 BC

The heyday of Egyptian stone vessel production was the time between the late Naqada Period and the end of the Old Kingdom, when they produced large amounts of stone vessels and experimented with many different kinds of rock.  These were expensive items that only the rich could afford them so their makers were in the pay of the pharaoh, the nobility and the heads of the administration.   This alabaster stone jar with rounded rim and elegantly flared body, is only partially hollowed.

Dimensions:Height: 4 3/4 inches (12 cm)

Condition:  minor losses and abrasion to the surface, otherwise intact and in good condition overall.

Provenance: Private NY Collection on loan to the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University -2015L1998.062.022

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