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AN EGYPTIAN BLACK-TOPPED REDWARE JAR
EGYPTIAN INCLUDING PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF BARON EDOUARD JEAN EMPAIN THE EMPAIN COLLECTION OF EGYPTIAN ANTIQUITIES Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Empain, was born on 20 September 1852 in Belgium. From a humble background he became a wealthy engineer, entrepreneur, financier and industrialist, as well as an amateur Egyptologist. In 1905 Edouard Empain collaborated with the Belgian government and Jean Capart, the chief curator of the Muses Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire in Brussels, acquiring objects from the Old Kingdom mastaba of Neferirtenef, as well as other sources, for which service he was rewarded with the title of baron. Subsequently he began forming his own collection of mainly Old Kingdom stone vessels, Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom artefacts, not grand stone sculpture and reliefs, but small, beautifully crafted, objects, some for everyday use, some funerary, which reflected the lives of affluent Egyptians.
AN EGYPTIAN BLACK-TOPPED REDWARE JAR

PREDYNASTIC, LATE NAQADA I-II, CIRCA 3700-3200 B.C.

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AN EGYPTIAN BLACK-TOPPED REDWARE JAR
PREDYNASTIC, LATE NAQADA I-II, CIRCA 3700-3200 B.C.
Of spherical form, with rounded rim, on small flat base
3¼ in. (8.2 cm.) high
Provenance
Baron Empain (1852-1929) collection, Belgium.
Antiquities Including Property from the Collection of Baron Edouard Jean Empain, Christie's, London, 14 April 2011, lot 2.

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