4 June 2008,
Price realised USD 62,500
USD 25,000 - USD 35,000
AN EGYPTIAN ANDESITE PORPHYRY JAR
EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD, DYNASTY I-II, 2920-2649 B.C.
Well-hollowed, the globular body with an off-set disk rim, the bottom rounded, shallow depressions at the sites of the lug handles, likely removed in antiquity
9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) diameter
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For a similar example, still with its lugs, see fig. 2.21, p. 48 in Nicholson and Shaw, eds., Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology. For an ovoid jar without the lugs, see fig. 15, p. 23 in Hayes, The Scepter of Egypt.
Dr. Gunger Tezel, Switzerland, acquired prior to 1970.
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