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25 June 2019 | 10:30am

Fine Sculpture, Early Works of Art and Garden Ornament

Lot 2

An Egyptian banded alabaster vessel

Estimate £600 - £900 + fees

An Egyptian banded alabaster vessel, probably Third Intermediate Period - Late Period, 21st - 27th Dynasty, 1070 - 404 B.C., of cylindrical form with everted rim, on a waisted stem and circular base

20.5cm high, 10cm diameter


Private Collection, Oxfordshire. Reputedly purchased in Cairo during World War II


An old paper tag attached to the vessel carries the words DO NOT TOUCH 4000 YEARS OLD! (TOUNA, EGYPT). This tag is most likely incorrect, or at least from a different item altogether, since Touna was a settlement whose heyday was later than the current vessels probable era of manufacture