BLW Rock Crystal Ewer (3)



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English: Rock Crystal Ewer (about 1000-50).

Egypt, probably Cairo.
Carved rock crystal.

This rare ewer was carved from a single piece of extremely hard, transparent stone known as rock crystal. On either side a bird of prey attacks an antelope. The image may have symbolised the ruler's ability to overcome his enemies.

The plain surfaces, such as the band around the neck, were probably once covered with mounts of gold and other materials. These would have contrasted with the clear crystal, which one writer of the time described as combining the properties of air and water.

Collection ID: 7904-1862

This photo was taken as part of Britain Loves Wikipedia in February 2010 by Adam Morgan.

Date Photographed in February 2010(2010-02)
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Author Adam Morgan


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