Egyptian New Kingdom steatite bolti fish cosmetic dishE205
A grey steatite cosmetic dish in the form of a bolti fish decorated with naturalistic details including fins, scales, gills and eyes. The upper side of the fish is carved with a concave surface to form a container or receptacle for cosmetics.
Egypt, New Kingdom, c. 1550-1292 BC
4.5 x 8.2 cms
Repaired from two pieces, losses to upper side and general wear as seen in the photographs
Ex. Collection: Gustave Mustaki, Alexandria, Egypt; acquired early to mid 20th Century and exported under license of the Egyptian government in 1953.
Mustaki was a prolific antiquities collector, pieces from his collection are held by several major museums including the British Museum and Getty Museum.
For a larger limestone dish of similar design please see: https://www.penn.museum/collections/object/256679