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LOT 0016

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EGYPTIAN BLUE-GLAZED FAIENCE WHITE LOTUS CHALICE
NEW KINGDOM-THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, 1315-945 B.C.
4 3/4 in. (205 grams, 12 cm).

The lotiform cup modelled as an open lotus flower with incised petal detailing to the outer face, short stem and flared foot; some restoration.

PROVENANCE:
Acquired 1970s-1996.
Property of a North American collector.
London collection, 2016.

This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate no.12100-214087.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Freed, R., et al., Egypt’s Golden Age, the Art of Living in the New Kingdom, 1558-1085 B.C, Boston, 1982, p.147, no.147, for a similar pale blue faience white lotus chalice; S., Reeves, N., and Quirke, S., Egyptian Art at Eton College: Selections from the Myers Museum, Windsor/New York, 1999, p.39, no.56, for a squatter version of this chalice style in deep blue faience.

FOOTNOTES:
Faience chalices shaped like the flowers of the white lotus (Nymphaea albicans) first appeared in the 18th Dynasty, and are thought to be drinking vessels.

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