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A Biblical "Beehive" Unguent Jar and Lid- 10 cm

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A Biblical "Beehive" Unguent Jar and Lid- 10 cm

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Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd-1st Century BC- Saudi Arabia

This type so-called "beehive" vessel, of banded alabaster is conical in form, the banded alabaster body tapers to a flat base and features two small perforated lug handles at the shoulder. The accompanying lid also exhibits a perforated lug finial at the center.

Vessels of this distinctive shape were used to hold perfumed oils, aromatic gum resins, incense (frankincense or myrrh) or semi solid unguents (aromatic ointments) such as the "Balm of Gilead," described in the Bible as a particularly valuable commodity. Such jars were one of the most desirable and highly prized commodities of Ancient Arabia.

Condition: Encrusted base and deposits on the interior of the jar. Some very minor ancient rim and lid edge roughness, otherwise intact and in overall excellent condition.

Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired from Fortuna Fine Arts, NYC., 1980-1990s.

Material: Alabaster
No export licenses required however this piece may be subject to reduced import tax/duties.
Shipping method: USPS (including insurance).
The seller hereby guarantees the lot to be authentic, acquired by legal means and due diligence conducted to ensure stated provenance.

Based in historic Georgetown, Washington DC, Sands of Time Ancient Art gallery offer a wide range of exceptional antiquities, carefully selected for their historical importance, intrinsic beauty and artistic value. All objects sold by Sands of Time are guaranteed for authenticity and provenance, and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and related documentation. Our extensive collection includes museum-quality art in stone, bronze, pottery, glass and gold from ancient civilizations ranging from the ancient Near East and Egypt to the Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Byzantine, PreColumbian and Gandharan worlds.

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