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Lot 0009
Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1549 to 1292 BCE. A fabulous cup of a petite size formed from paste glass (known as frit) of a stunning cobalt-blue hue. The vessel has a lightly rounded but stable base, squat walls, and a thick rim surrounding a shallow basin. Once pulled from the kiln, the surface would have exhibited a reflective glassy surface. More elaborate examples of this form were decorated with a variety of foliate, geometric, anthropomorphic, and fish-form motifs in black pigment, making them easily visible against the blue-colored ground. Size: 2.6" Diameter (6.6 cm).

For a stylistically-similar example with added black pigment, please see: Florence Dunn Friedman, ed. "Gifts of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Faience." Thames and Hudson in association with The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1998, p. 112, figs. 76-77.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Martin J. Wunsch collection, New York, USA, acquired in the 1980s

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#146057

Condition

Repaired from three large pieces, with small chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Minor nicks to rim and base, with small pitting holes across most surfaces. Light earthen deposits throughout.

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Rare Egyptian Paste Glass Dish - Cobalt Blue

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000May 22, 2019