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An early Sumerian Alabaster Rectangular Bowl, ex Sothebys, Early Dynastic IIIa, ca. 2600 – 2500

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An early Sumerian Alabaster Rectangular Bowl, ex Sothebys, Early Dynastic IIIa, ca. 2600 – 2500
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An early Sumerian Alabaster Rectangular Bowl, ex Sothebys, Early Dynastic IIIa, ca. 2600 – 2500 BCE, ca. 2600–2500 BCE:
Medium: Stone - Alabaster
A small alabaster dish with a rectangular rim,circular bowl, square bottom, two engraved lines running around the rim, and decorative cuts along the edges of the exterior. Background: As clay was the most abundant material found in the Mesopotamian valley, stone was mostly imported in due to its rarity in the area. Alabaster, gypsum, lapis lazuli, limestone, marble were the most popular stones to import. Sumerians traded crops grown from their fertile soil for the stone, as well as metal and wood. The growth of cities and powerful ruling families led to a demand for luxury items, especially objects made from stone that were mainly used in temples and tombs such as the famous Royal Graves at Ur (ca. 2500 BC).The amount of time and effort that went into making stone vessels gave them a much greater value as well, as they lasted longer than vessel made out of clay.

Dimensions: Height: 1 2/16 inches (3 cm), Length: 3 3/4 inches (9.5 cm)
Reference No: 469

PROVENANCE: Private NYC collection, acquired 1970s-1980s, ex. Sotheby's New York, lot 285 (part), with original auction tag.

OUR GUARANTEE: We hereby certify the above item to be authentic and due diligence conducted to ensure stated provenance. We strictly adhere to the code of Conduct established by the Association of Dealers & Collectors of Ancient & Ethnographic Art and have established, to the best of our ability, the object(s) have not been illegally obtained from the country of origin, excavation, architectural monument, public institution or private property. A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with every object.
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Overall intact and in very good condition
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An early Sumerian Alabaster Rectangular Bowl, ex Sothebys, Early Dynastic IIIa, ca. 2600 – 2500

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0174: An early Sumerian Alabaster Rectangular Bowl, ex Sothebys, Early Dynastic IIIa, ca. 2600 – 2500

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Est. $1,200 - $1,800Starting Price $600
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An early Sumerian Alabaster Rectangular Bowl, ex Sothebys, Early Dynastic IIIa, ca. 2600 – 2500 BCE, ca. 2600–2500 BCE:
Medium: Stone - Alabaster
A small alabaster dish with a rectangular rim,circular bowl, square bottom, two engraved lines running around the rim, and decorative cuts along the edges of the exterior. Background: As clay was the most abundant material found in the Mesopotamian valley, stone was mostly imported in due to its rarity in the area. Alabaster, gypsum, lapis lazuli, limestone, marble were the most popular stones to import. Sumerians traded crops grown from their fertile soil for the stone, as well as metal and wood. The growth of cities and powerful ruling families led to a demand for luxury items, especially objects made from stone that were mainly used in temples and tombs such as the famous Royal Graves at Ur (ca. 2500 BC).The amount of time and effort that went into making stone vessels gave them a much greater value as well, as they lasted longer than vessel made out of clay.

Dimensions: Height: 1 2/16 inches (3 cm), Length: 3 3/4 inches (9.5 cm)
Reference No: 469

PROVENANCE: Private NYC collection, acquired 1970s-1980s, ex. Sotheby's New York, lot 285 (part), with original auction tag.

OUR GUARANTEE: We hereby certify the above item to be authentic and due diligence conducted to ensure stated provenance. We strictly adhere to the code of Conduct established by the Association of Dealers & Collectors of Ancient & Ethnographic Art and have established, to the best of our ability, the object(s) have not been illegally obtained from the country of origin, excavation, architectural monument, public institution or private property. A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with every object.
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Overall intact and in very good condition

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