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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE HES LIBATION VESSEL
AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE HES LIBATION VESSEL

NEW KINGDOM-THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, CIRCA 1550-945 B.C.

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AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE HES LIBATION VESSEL NEW KINGDOM-THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, CIRCA 1550-945 B.C. Cast, with flat disc rim, short cylindrical neck and elegant curvilinear body, the flat base flaring slightly 9½ in. (24.1 cm.)
Provenance
Private collection, France, acquired from Galerie Kamer & Cie, Paris, circa 1960s.
with Galerie Archeologie, Paris, 1982.
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, New York, 11 June 2003, lot 4.

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The jar's shape represents the hieroglyph hes, meaning 'to praise' and was traditionally used for offering libations of cool water. For simliar cf. fig. 17, pp. 387-389 in D. Polz, et al., Bericht über die 6, 7, und 8. Grabungskampagne in der Nekropole von Dra Abu el-Naga in Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo, Mainz, 1999, pp. 387-389, fig. 17.

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