Steatite vessels of the ‘Intercultural Style’ such as this are characterised by decoration of the entire surface with abstract patterns and vegetal and architectural motifs. This vessel could have been used for cosmetics: cosmetic products, such as eyeliner, were widely used in the Near East during ancient times. Various vessels were designed to facilitate skincare and the application of make-up, and this one could have been used to grind, mix, and apply ingredients for facial or body cosmetics.
Elamite Crescent Shape Stone Vessel
An Ancient Elamite steatite vessel of short crescentic form, featuring a flat base and a thick rim, decorated with an incised tessellating square pattern. The outer side of the vessel displays undulating horizontal bands and ivy leaf motifves, while the inner side has a repeated triangle pattern with stepped horizontal lines running through these shapes.
Provenance: Sotheby’s sale December 1983, lot 39.
Condition: Very fine, with one large chip to the rim and minor chipping and earthy encrustations over the whole.
|Dimensions||W 8.3 x H 2.3 cm|
Near East (Western Asiatic)