Handmade Vintage Item Material: Alabaster Ships worldwide from Egypt. *Free Shipping This piece was found hidden in one of the storage spaces for an old bazar in Luxor that was closed for more than 30 years ago. While the piece is mostly intact, a small piece is broken off its rim, yet, this small chip gives it the value of being such a rare vintage piece. What's special about this vintage piece relative to newer pieces being made today is that it was handmade by very skilled craftsmen who no longer exist in the trade. Moreover, the patterns and streaks within the vase giving it this translucent properties and allowing for light to pass through, which can be used for ambient light. A rare unique ancient Handmade Egyptian vase that will add the vintage look and feel to your place with its genuineness. You can also place a candle inside it for a bewildering light patterns given by the streaks found naturally in the stone. About Alabaster Alabaster is a substance that has been used for thousands of years. It is a fine stone that comes in two main types. The first, called “the alabaster of the ancients,” and hence the one that was used in the period of the ancient Egyptians, is called Calcite alabaster. It is the harder and stronger of the two, and it was used for the beautiful jars, sculpture and vases that have been found over the years. The second type is called Gypsum alabaster, which has more of a softer quality. Gypsum alabaster was used for smaller reliefs and sculptures, and isn’t as strong as Calcite alabaster. Calcite alabaster was used because it was beautiful, and relatively easy to form. Also, there were many Calcite alabaster deposits in Egypt in areas around the towns of Tell el Amarna, and Alabastron, which was named so after the prized material. The ancient Egyptians prized alabaster and even thought of it as being worthy of possession by their gods. The name alabaster might derive from the Egyptian word A-labastre, which honors the Egyptian goddess Bast, the goddess of cats and a guardian of the Pharaoh. One of the alabaster jars found in Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tomb depicted a crouching cat on top of it, in her honor. Jars or vases like the one in Tut’s tomb were used for perfumes, which were specialties of the ancient Egyptians. The alabaster jar in the museum is made from Calcite alabaster, and might have been used to contain perfume, but perhaps also a variety of cosmetics, creams, or oils. When held close to the light the stone displays a wonderful effect, becomes almost translucent and seems to glow, and its veins are clearly visible. The luminous property was highly priced in Egypt, and used in sarcophagi, temples and sacrificial vessels.
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