Old Kingdom Alabaster Spouted Bowl

SKU: MS.0145

Origin: Egypt
Circa: Old Kingdom, 4th-6th Dynasty, 2600 BC to 2181 BC
Dimensions: 5.75" (14.6 cm) Length
Medium: Alabaster

The shallow bowl with rounded sides and horizontal spout with 'V'-shaped profile.


Dr. Rudolf Schmidt (1900-1970) collection, Solothurn, thence by descent to the present owner

Very thinly carved delicate vessel. A small infilled hole on one side of the bowl where the alabaster is particularly thin. Approx. 1.6 cm. at its longest point. The top edge on one side of the spout at the end with a slight decline which might possibly be a worn down chip to that edge. A stable hairline fracture running down from the rim of the vessel approx. 2 cm. into the bowl. Minor speckled surface dirt encrustation. Interior with label reading "12"

P. Günther and R. Wellauer, Ägyptische Steingefässe der Sammlung Rudolph Schmidt, Solothurn, Ägyptologische Hefte des Orientalischen Seminars der Universität Zürich, 1988, p. 15, pl. 25, no. 12.

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