**Originally Listed At $800**
Ancient Central Asia, Bactrian, ca. late 3rd to 2nd millennium BCE. An attractive jar of a round-bottomed form with a sloping shoulder, a squat rim, and a shallow interior cavity, hand-carved from a single piece of banded agate which presents cream, crimson, burgundy, lime, forest-green, and citrine hues. The thick-walled composition is meticulously drilled out using a series of progressively finer bits and copious amounts of abrasive sand, and the exterior surfaces are polished to a smooth texture. Polished stone vessels are common grave goods from this time period. Based on ancient evidence, we believe that a small vessel like this probably held something of value for depositing in a tomb. Given their impressive aesthetic qualities as well as the fact that archaeologists have typically found them in temple, grave, and palace sites, jars like this one must have been regarded as precious objects themselves. Size: 3.1" W x 2.4" H (7.9 cm x 6.1 cm).
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.
A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.
We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.