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MV1501

A Superb Mesopotamian Granite Platter, ca. 3000 - 2000 BC

This simple and elegant bowl of shallow hemispherical form was carved from a single block of granite and features a small foot. Such stone, which was largely used at the same time in Egypt for the manufacture of vessels or statues, is quite rare in the Near Eastern world. The very regular shape of the bowl indicates that it was carved and hollowed using a rotating technique. 

Stone was largely used in ancient times for the manufacture of containers of various shapes and sizes: stone vases were considered luxury goods and were often found in the tombs of high-ranking individuals and in the treasures of sanctuaries.

Dimensions:  Diameter:  12 3/4 inches (32.5 cm)

Condition:  Intact and in excellent condition overall

Provenance:  Private NYC collection, acquired from the Art trade and previously in the private collection of Frank Sternberg, Switzerland acquired from Nefer Gallery, Zurich 1970's or earlier.

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