Ancient Bactrian vessel


Nice example of Bactrian / Egyptian alabaster cylindrical vessel with flat shoulders and mouth with raised rim in the middle.


| H: 7 cm/2.76” | DIA: 11 cm/4.33” | Weight: 565 g
| Period: Circa 3100-2686 BC
| Materials: alabaster
| Condition: In good vintage condition
| Place of Origin: Afghanistan

SKU: O001 Categories: , Tags: , , , ,


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’.