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This unusual "Egyptian" lidded cup illustrates well the fact that signs of apparent age are not sufficient to go on and that form and detailed content must be carfully considered.



By portland


The attached glass cup with lid was once in my collection. It was sold to me as Egyptian 18th Dynasty. There were several of them came to the market in a short period of time and were said to have been discovered as a group when a bypass road was being built round Cairo


After purchasing it from a dealer, I showed to an Egyptologist who was very unhappy about the hieroglyphs and claimed they didn't make any sense. I then took it to the Egyptian department of the B.M. who also rejected it.


Also I could find no parallel in acadmic literature and really there had to be some parallel in a museum collection if so many could turn up later but I couldn't find any. So this went back from whence it came with the conclusion it has to be a fake albeit that the glass surfaces look very convincing.




The "hieroglyphs" are meaningless


And here is a double error by a fake seller.


"You are bidding on an extremely rare Ancient Greek core formed glass Oinochoe, dating to approximately 300 BC, of sky blue colour glass, with threaded yellow and white decoration. A conical body with sloping shoulders, a long cylindrical ridged neck leading to a thick turquoise and yellow banded rim. A single beautifully fashioned handle adorns the vessel.

The skill required to manufacture a vessel of this beauty was absolutely exceptional. Modern artists have tried, and failed to emulate this extraordinary ancient technique.

Greek glass is of a far superior style and is considerably rarer than its Roman equivalents.

Height: 4 1/4 inches .

A piece such as this can be expected to realise in excess of $4000 at major North American auction houses. Indeed, a similarly sized core formed Amphoriskos was sold in Christies New York 9th December 1999 lot 459 with an estimate $3000-5000."


Although the seller describes it as Greek the actual maker (faker) was trying to copy 18th Dynasty Egyptian glass but doing a very poor job on it!