Large Ancient Egyptian Alabaster Oil Jar
Large Ancient Egyptian Alabaster Oil Jar

Large Ancient Egyptian Alabaster Oil Jar

664 BC to 343 BC Egypt

Offered by Finch & Co

Sold

To browse more Ancient Art & Antiquities click here

To see more from this dealer click here

A Large Ancient Egyptian Alabaster Oil Jar
Late Period 664 – 343 BC

Size: 18.5cm high, 13cm dia. – 7¼ ins high, 5 ins dia.
Provenance: Ex European Private collection

Egyptian alabaster is a form of limestone or calcium carbonate more accurately described as travertine that was quarried in Pharaonic times in the area of Middle Egypt. From the early dynastic period onwards it was increasingly used for the production of funerary vessels as well as statuary and altars. The artists obviously chose and carefully shaped the stone to maximise the decorative effect of the natural colour and banding. Egyptian alabaster was their most popular choice of stone because it is soft and relatively easy to work as well as beautifully translucent.
Medium
Alabaster
Finch & Co

Finch & Co
Suite No 744
2 Old Brompton Road
London
SW7 3DQ
England

Contact Details
+44 (0) 207 689 7500
-
+44 (0)7836 684133
+44 (0)7768 236921
Email Dealer More Contact Details
Opening Hours
Contacts
Member Since 2006
Members of
View Full Details