Ancient Egyptian Miniature Carved Calcite Cosmetic Pot
Ancient Egyptian Miniature Carved Calcite Cosmetic Pot
Ancient Egyptian Miniature Carved Calcite Cosmetic Pot
Ancient Egyptian Miniature Carved Calcite Cosmetic Pot

Ancient Egyptian Miniature Carved Calcite Cosmetic Pot

3100 BC to 2000 BC Egypt

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An Ancient Egyptian Miniature Carved Calcite Cosmetic Pot
Early Dynastic Period / Circa 3100 BC

Size: 3.5cm high, 3cm dia. - 1½ ins high, 1¼ ins dia. / 5cm high - 2 ins high (with base)
Provenance:
Ex Horatio and Patsy Melas collection Alexandria Egypt Acquired prior to 1967
Thence by descent
Moved to Switzerland and London
From the early Egyptian dynastic period precious unguents and other cosmetic preparations were stored in small jars. In this and the Old Kingdom miniature vessels were carved from hard stones such as travertine, diorite and limestone. In the New Kingdom alabaster, prized for its translucency became the material of choice. When not in use cosmetic pots and unguent jars were often stored with other cosmetic items in small wooden caskets specially fitted with drawers and compartments.
Medium
Calcite
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