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    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

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    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’.