a charming cosmetic spoon in the form of a fish, finely carved in alabaster, the circular bowl with pointed tip and tail fin that forms the flat handle.
For related example see: Vandier d'Abbadie, J. "Les objects de toilettes egyptiens au Musee du Louvre" (Paris, 1972) nos. 83 - 85.
Dimensions:Height: Overall: 1 1/8 x 4 x 6 1/2 in. (2.9 x 10.2 x 16.5 cm)
Condition:good signs of ancient usage, with wear to the handle and inside of the bowl, professionally rejoined from two parts with minor fill at the join where necessary, together with fill to losses at the tip and tail, that don't detract, otherwise complete and in very good condition overall. Presents very well. Museum quality custom mount.
Provenance:Private collection of the late Mrs. Elias-Vaes, Netherlands, acquired 1960s or early 1970s, acquired from Christie's Amsterdam, 2010 and on loan to the Michael C. Carlos Museum from 2010 - 2015, loan #: L2010.015.005, the base with attached earlier identifying labels.