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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 10

    AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE VASE

    MIDDLE KINGDOM, DYNASTY XII-XIII, 1991-1640 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE VASE
    MIDDLE KINGDOM, DYNASTY XII-XIII, 1991-1640 B.C.
    Turquoise-blue in color, the piriform vessel tapering to the neck and flaring to the rim, the details in black glaze including triangular lotus petals encircling the body, a wavy band above, two bands below, a rosette on the base
    3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm.) high


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    A similar example was found in tomb 32-1-34 at Jericho (no. 84 in Caubet and Pierrat-Bonnefois, eds., Faïences, de l'Antiquité de l'AEgypte à l'Iran). The author asserts that the Jericho vessel was part of a tradition of locally-produced small faience vessels, influenced greatly by Egyptian imports and sometimes difficult to distinguish from them.

    The shape of this vessel is perhaps meant to evoke the closed bud of the Egyptian blue lily (Nymphaea caerulea), with its narrow, pointed leaves and slight blue tinge.

    Provenance

    Jerusalem Art Market, 1975.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION