Description: A pale blue offering cup made of unglazed faience, complete with lid. The cup shaped like a chalice with a wide flaring foot and a shallow inner cavity. The lid possibly not belonging, being of a darker shade. Some surface wear and minor encrustation particularly on the lid, and some patchy residue in the interior of the cup, but a nice example of the type.
Size: 37 mm/1.4 ins. high
Date: New Kingdom to Ptolemaic Period, c. 1550-30 B.C.
Provenance: Ex West Sussex private collection.
For similar examples but with inscriptions, see Lot 45, Christies, Antiquities Sale, New York, 10 June 2010 (three examples, price realised $4,000), and Lot 168, Bonhams, Antiquities Sale, New Bond Street, London, 28 November 2019 (single example, sold for £1,147 including buyer’s premium).
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