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Ancient Egyptian Basalt Boat Form Bowl
Rare late Pre-Dynastic to early First Dynasty, a large and important Egyptian offering vessel, C. 3450 to 2980 BC. Carved of rich black polished basalt of rare, and exceptional royal boat form. The workmanship, size, finishing and untouched condition, all exemplary. From earliest years of unified Egypt, black stone carvings of this quality of stone, laborious polishing and distinctive form were only found in the royal tombs of upper Egypt at Saqqara, Naqada and Abydos. The stone from the north, from the still seen ancient quarry at Faiyum, near Cairo. This and most other exceptional Egyptian artifacts to be offered here, were gotten directly from the collection of Miss Adelaide Pearson, (1875-1960), of Blue Hill, Maine, a noted author, collector, famed photographer and Egyptologist as well as her hands on archaeological work in lower and middle Egypt . Purchased by myself back in about 1968-9. Ms. Pearson was the founder of the famous Blue Hill Pottery works at coastal Maine. She was friend to Howard Carter from prior to his great discovery. Some of her collected material was said to have come from or through him. Acquired by way of her only heir, her near life long lady friend and companion. Most all of her Egyptian artifacts have been exhibited at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, at Brunswick, including most of these offered here. As excavated, very fine condition. Unknown if she was the actual original excavator of this piece. Rather large and heavy at 8 1/16\" long x 5.25\" wide x 2.25\" high. Never before on the market, as well as the same for other fine Egyptian art selections from this same source to be offered in earlier offerings here. I\'ve only touched on the many endeavors, accomplishments, and held stations of this amazing lady, much more can be easily learned

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Ancient Egyptian Basalt Boat Form Bowl

Estimate $5,000 - $12,000Sep 08
Cuddebackville, NY, USA