Shaped piece of calcite, from Egyptian tomb

Country
Egypt
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Description
Egyptian Alabaster (calcite) in a polished triangular shape. Said to be from an Egyptian tomb.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian alabaster fragment
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Measurements
H37mm x W48mm x D30mm
Media/Materials description
Calcite
History and use
This shaped and polished piece of 'Egyptian Alabaster' (calcite) is said to be from 'The Tombs of the Queens at Luxor'. This piece was polished and formed into a pleasing shape for sale in the 1900's antiquities market.

The Valley of the Queens, situated on the Western bank at Thebes (Luxor) contains the tombs of royal wives and their children. The tombs are made up of a small antechambeer leading to a narrow corridor, which in turn leads to the burial chamber. The largest and most lavishly decorated tomb is that of Nefertari, the favoured wife of Pharoah Ramesses II.
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H725

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