Egyptian Alabaster Cylindrical Vessel

Egyptian Alabaster Cylindrical Vessel

A very large ancient early Dynastic Egyptian alabaster vessel with a slightly concave cylindrical body, everted rounded rim, and flat bottom.

Early Dynastic Period,
Ca. 2920 - 2770 BC.
Height: 25 1/2 in. (64.8 cm).

Alabaster was prized by the ancient Egyptians for its translucence and decorative veining, qualities which were further emphasized in the carving process. The shape of this vase is paralleled by ceramic vessels of the same period commonly used for tomb offerings.

Exhibited: The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Marko Collection: Antiquities, March - May 1990.

Published: W. H. Peck and P. Slough, The Marko Collection: Antiquities, (Detroit, 1990), no. 6.

Formerly in the H. and B. Marko collection, Michigan; previously property of Polo, Ralph Lauren Corporation; Sotheby's, New York, November 24-25, 1987, lot 25.

Inv#: 8116

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