Bactrian Alabaster Bowl with Projections

£ 395.00

A fine Bactrian alabaster bowl, featuring a flat foot with the sides of the body flaring outwards, terminating with a smoothly rounded rim. The rim is decorated with four evenly spaced projections, which are of a trapezoid shape and incised vertically.

This stone is a beautiful cream colour, with subtle veins of white and light brown running throughout the bowl. Two of the projections are very slightly chipped and there are minor faint white scratches across the interior and exterior of the bowl.

Date: Circa 3rd - 2nd Millennium BC
Condition: Very fine condition - minor scratches and chips to the item's surface.


SKU: AF-81 Category:

Bactria (or Bactriana) was the name of a historical region in central Asia. Several important trade routes from India and China passed through Bactria from the Bronze Age onwards, which allowed for the accumulation of vast wealth by the predominantly nomadic population. In the ancient world, alabaster was widely used. This was on account of the rock’s softness – fine detail could be carved into it without need for iron or steel tools, and it had an attractive finish.

Weight 234 g
Dimensions W 15.1 x H 5 cm



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