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“Hail to thee, O Nile! Who manifests thyself over this land, and comes to give life to Egypt! Mysterious is thy issuing forth from the darkness, on this day whereon it is celebrated! Watering the orchards created by Re, to cause all the cattle to live, you give the earth to drink, inexhaustible one! Path that descends from the sky, loving the bread of Seb and the first-fruits of Nepera, You cause the workshops of Ptah to prosper!”

Hymn to the Nile
Egyptian Naqada II jar
£5,250
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“Hail to thee, O Nile! Who manifests thyself over this land, and comes to give life to Egypt! Mysterious is thy issuing forth from the darkness, on this day whereon it is celebrated! Watering the orchards created by Re, to cause all the cattle to live, you give the earth to drink, inexhaustible one! Path that descends from the sky, loving the bread of Seb and the first-fruits of Nepera, You cause the workshops of Ptah to prosper!”

Hymn to the Nile
Egyptian Naqada II jar
£5,250
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Egyptian Naqada II jar

Circa 3600-3200 BC

This beautifully preserved Predynastic jar was crafted without a wheel, and is a testament to its potter’s ability to create perfectly balanced vessels by hand. 

It was made at a time of intensified urbanisation, trade, and state formation, culminating with the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt at the beginning of the third millennium BC. This success was largely reliant on the Nile and the gifts it provided the Ancient Egyptians, from the annual floods supporting agricultural growth to the clay used to craft exquisite pottery.

Height: 9 3/4 inches (24.8 cm)

Provenance:

From the collection of Drs Ole and Marie Hammer, acquired 1960s or before.

£5,250

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