Old Kingdom Alabaster Libation Jar

SKU: MS.0062

Origin: Egypt
Circa: Old Kingdom, 6th Dynasty, c. 2345-2181 B.C.
Dimensions: 5" Height (12.6cms))
Medium: Alabaster

The body with a wide circular mouth, the rounded sides tapering to a flat base, with a short elegant spout with a V-shaped tip, a groove on the underside, the deep channel open through to the interior

Baron Edouard Jean Empain (1852-1929), France. Collection of Baron Edouard Jean Empain; Antiquities, Christie's, London, 14 April 2011, lot 10.

Intact. With hairline cracks on the exterior and interior and along the spout. Minor surface wear, chips and abrasions throughout.

The 6th Dynasty of Egypt marked a period of creativity in the production of stone vessels. A variety of new, more complex shapes came into vogue including the finely modeled short spout as seen on the present example (see D. Arnold and E Pischikova, "Stone Vessels: Luxury Items with Manifold Implications" in J.P. O'Neill, ed., Egyptian Art in the Age of the Pyramids, pp. 121-123).


Old Kingdom

Old Kingdom Alabaster Libation Jar

Old Kingdom

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