Jar. Early Dynastic Period, ca. 3000–2700 B. C.

Marble
H. 15,5 cm; diam. of the body 12,6 cm; diam. of the rim 7,5 cm
Purchased from Vladimir Golenischev
I.1.а 1393
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Ancient Egypt is often called “a country made of stone”. The Nile valley and the nearby deserts are rich
in various rock stones: limestone, sandstone, quartzite, granite, alabaster (calc spar), touchstone, breccia, 
marble, porphyrite, diorite, greywacke, plaster, claystone, serpentine, steatite, calc sinter, etc. Travelers 
have always been impressed by majestic stone pyramids, temples, and tombs. But long before they were 
built, in the Pre-Dynaistic period, Egyptian masters had perfected their craft of stone vessels making. 
They were often carved out of limestone, touchstone, breccia, marble, and serpentine. The type of stone 
used for a vessel may have played a symbolic role. Stone vessels of the early period are very versatile. 
Sometimes they are shaped as animals, fish, or birds.

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