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Stone vessel in the shape of a frog

 

Height: 3.600 cm
Width: 4.900 cm
Length: 5.900 cm

Bequeathed by Sir Robert Ludwig Mond

EA 65240

Room 64: Early Egypt

    Stone vessel in the shape of a frog

    From Egypt
    Late Predynastic Period, around 3150 BC

    Possibly a cosmetic pot

    Stone vessels are known throughout Egyptian history, but the period which saw their greatest production ran from the later Predynastic period to the beginning of the Old Kingdom (about 2613-2160 BC), when they were in great demand for burial equipment.

    The Egyptians developed the ability to work hard stone into vessel shapes at an early date. Basalt was popular from the beginning, and in the later Predynastic period other soft and hard stones came into use. Some vessels were colourful, like this one, which is made from red brecchia. Most vessels were in the shape of conventional vases and jars, but the occasional animal shape is found. Smaller vessels were most probably used as cosmetic pots.

    A.J. Spencer, Early Egypt, The rise of civil (London, The British Museum Press, 1993)

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