An Egyptian limestone frog vessel with bronze handles
Lot 284
An Egyptian Predynastic indurated limestone frog jar
£30,000 - 50,000
US$ 50,000 - 84,000
Auction Details
An Egyptian limestone frog vessel with bronze handles An Egyptian limestone frog vessel with bronze handles An Egyptian limestone frog vessel with bronze handles An Egyptian limestone frog vessel with bronze handles An Egyptian limestone frog vessel with bronze handles An Egyptian limestone frog vessel with bronze handles An Egyptian limestone frog vessel with bronze handles An Egyptian limestone frog vessel with bronze handles An Egyptian limestone frog vessel with bronze handles
Lot Details
An Egyptian Predynastic indurated limestone frog jar
Naqada II-III, circa 3300-3100 B.C.
Of flattened ovoid form, with legs tucked under its body, eyes hollowed out, once inlaid, the details of the face and body incised, with a circular everted opening at the top, with twin bronze lug handles on either side of the body, 2½in (6.4cm) long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Collection of Madame Kismet Pilati, acquired in Vienna and London in 1976.

    Literature:
    For two examples in stone, cf. W. Needler, Predynastic and Archaic Egypt in The Brooklyn Museum, New York, 1984, pp. 244-5. nos. 126-7. These theriomorphic cosmetic jars derive from the simpler lug-handled stone jars of Predynastic Egypt and according to Fazzini appear to have been produced during a 'limited chronological range': R. Fazzini, Images for Eternity: Egyptian Art from Berkeley and Brooklyn, New York, 1975, pp. 13.
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