Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
AN EGYPTIAN OBSIDIAN ALABASTRON
NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII-XX, 1550-1070 B.C.
Of slender, elegant proportions, the body with rounded shoulders tapering towards the base, on an integral stand with concave sides flaring to the edge of the foot, the cylindrical neck rising to the flat disk rim, the interior well-hollowed
4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.) high
Said to be found in Lebanon prior to 1955.
Private Collection, Beirut, 1968.
Private Collection, Geneva.
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E.A. Feery, et al., Art of the Two Lands, Egypt from 4000 B.C.-1000 A.D., New York, 2006, no. 34, pp. 106-107.
For a serpentinite vessel of similar form see no. 38,14, fig. 24 in Lilyquist, Egyptian Stone Vessels. For other New Kingdom vessel shapes also with integral stands see no. 95 and fig. 156 in Lilyquist, op. cit.
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