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Bottle with Openwork Shell

Egyptian blue is a copper-calcium tetrasilicate that the ancient Egyptians pulverized, mixed into a paste, and used to fashion objects fired at a low temperature. Seldom were those objects as large as this vessel, a technical masterpiece made of several parts. The rim and the base are shaped like lotus flowers, symbols of birth and rebirth, and the shell is adorned with images of deities in a setting represented by architectural columns.

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