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Item:113722797119ABOUT ME I have been given the rare opportunity of selling an entire estate of Native American & Hawaiian art, coins, books and precious metal jewelry! Most items were purchased over 40 years ago and it will take me months to list hundreds of pieces. I have been a seller on eBay for 12+ years with over 3000 positive feedbacks at another eBay store. Please feel confident purchasing from me and be sure to check out my new feedback connected with my new store! Ancient Egyptian elegant cosmetic vessel, in slender form tapering to a narrow base with two small lug handles This a type of Alabastron vessels was used in the ancient world for holding oil, especially perfume or massage oils. They originated in ancient Egypt as containers carved from alabaster – hence the name – but spread via ancient Greece to other parts of the classical world. Most types of alabastron have a narrow body with a rounded end, a narrow neck and a broad, splayed mouth. They were often left without handles, but some types were equipped with ear-shaped projections or lugs into which holes were punched. Strings were then put through these holes for easy mobility. The alabaster that this vessel is carved from is also called "calcareous sinter", a type of travertine. It is cream-grey in color. This stone can also be called "calcite", which simply refers to Egyptian alabaster. It was an abundant resource in Egypt's eastern desert. This material was commonly used by the Egyptian craftsmen to make stone vessels. This type of rock is formed by "the chemical precipitation of water saturated with dissolved calcium carbonate. Due to the availability of alabaster, Egyptians became masters of stone-carving. It is a soft stone that is easy to work into delicate shapes and polishes very well. When cut thinly, it can be translucent. Alabaster decorative inlays and jewelry were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The stone-vessel industry blossomed in the Nile Valley, not in the eastern desert, due to smaller and more accessible alabaster deposits. After the value of the stone was fully realized, Egyptians began transporting blocks of alabaster from the deserts to the valley. The stone-vessel industry peaked during the Egyptian Early Dynastic Period. Dated from, 1550 - 1000 BC Measurements Approx: Height: 16" - Circumference: 9" Condition: Good condition with nice earthy patina, untouched as found! Item will be carefully packaged and shipped in a USPS Priority Box. Handling cost includes the cost of insurance.Material:ALABASTER, Provenance:EGYPT
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RARE Ancient Fine Egyptian Alabaster Cosmetic Oil Vessel 1200 BC