A Wedgwood jasperware canopic jar and cover, first half 19th century

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A Wedgwood jasperware canopic jar and cover, first half 19th century

Sold for £ 4,750 (US$ 6,569) inc. premium
A Wedgwood jasperware canopic jar and cover, first half 19th century
Of ovoid form, the white stoneware domed cover formed from a human head wearing a 'Nemes' headdress, the jar in black jasper dip with turned bands applied with a variety of sprigs, the upper band including a 'winged disk' and other sprigs in Egyptian style, the lower band including signs of the Zodiac, 26.2cm high, impressed WEDGWOOD (2)

Footnotes

  • These jars were originally made in the Egyptian city of Canopus and were used to preserve the viscera of the deceased. The Wedgwood versions are based on Plate CXXXII in Bernard de Montfaucon's 'L'Antiquité Expliquée' published in Paris in 1719, a book in Josiah Wedgwood's library. Three examples in blue and green jasper dip and caneware are illustrated by Robin Reilly, Wedgwood Jasper (1994), colour plate 63
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