Ancient Bactrian vessel


Nice example of Bactrian / Egyptian alabaster cylindrical vessel with flat shoulders and mouth with raised rim in the middle.
The Bactrian Kingdom, known to historians as the Graeco/Greco-Bactrian Kingdom, was the easternmost part of the Hellenistic world, in Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent from its founding in 256 BC by Diodotus I Soter to its fall c.100 BC under the reign of Heliocles II. It covered much of present-day Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The capitals of Alexandria-on-the-Oxus and Bactra were among the largest and richest of antiquity – Bactria itself was known as the ‘land of a thousand golden cities’.

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| DIMENSIONS    h 7 cm dia 11 cm weight: 565 gr.
| PERIOD   circa 3100-2686 BC
| PLACE OF ORIGIN   Afghanistan
| PROVENANCE   private collection, UK
| MATERIALS   alabaster
| CONDITION    in good vintage condition, traces of age
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