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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 6

    AN EGYPTIAN ALABASTER VESSEL

    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII-XX, 1550-1070 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    AN EGYPTIAN ALABASTER VESSEL
    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII-XX, 1550-1070 B.C.
    In the form of four conjoined long cylindrical tubes enclosing a fifth, each deeply drilled, the four tubes each tapering to the base where they merge with the square plinth, resembling a papyrus umble, the underside hollowed
    5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm.) high


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    For a kohl tube with six conjoined tubes also cut from a single block of stone, inscribed for Hatshepsut, see fig. 136 in Lilyquist, Egyptian Stone Vessels, Khian through Tuthmosis IV. It is possible that the Jéquier vessel may have served as a handle for a fan or flabellum.

    Provenance

    Collected by Gustave Jéquier (1868-1946).