Predynastic Red Granite Jar

SKU: HQ.0004

Origin: Egypt
Circa: Pre-Dynastic Period, Naqada III, ca. 3200 to 3000 BCE
Dimensions: 4.4" Wide x 3" Height (11.2 cm x 7.6 cm)
Medium: Granite


A gorgeous, hand-carved red granite jar of a stable, round-bottomed form with a compressed spherical body bearing a pair of bow-drilled tube handles along the shoulder. Atop the narrow mouth is a petite rim with an acutely angled periphery that perhaps held a form-fitting lid at one time. Faint striations within the interior cavity illustrate how ancient Egyptian lapidary artisans used progressively wider drill bits along with copious amounts of abrasive sand to hollow out the inside. Abrasive sand was also utilized to smooth the exterior surfaces until they exhibited a lustrous presentation.

Private collection, Los Angeles, California, USA; ex-private New Jersey, USA collection, purchased in the 1990s; ex-private collection, acquired in the 1970s from a private East Coast, USA collection

Professional repair and restoration to large area of rim, area around one handle, and small area of base, with resurfacing along break lines and most exterior surfaces, and light overpainting atop new material and break lines. Minor nicks and abrasions to base, body, handles, and rim, with a couple of stable hairline fissures to rim, and light encrustations within interior. Light earthen deposits and nice smooth surfaces throughout.

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Pre-Dynastic

Predynastic Red Granite Jar

Pre-Dynastic

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