Posted 6 years ago
This is a contemporary 40 year REPRODUCTION of an EGYPTIAN TEAR VIAL,(First or Second Kingdom and probably beyond) handblown, etched and decorated, tear vase sent to me from Cairo many,many years ago by a gent. friend.
I have feared handling it because of the delicate nature of it. These are collected and there is even a beautiful book called "Egyptian Vials" with color photos and interesting text. It seems hundreds of these beautiful vials have been found in pyramid tombs of persons of high rank and maybe tombs of family loved ones also... I don't know the costs of the book, or my "tear vase" because it was a gift, precious to me.
In ancient times these were collected from women (maybe men too!) who mourned the passing of Pharaoh, or high ranking persons and these vials were buried with them in the tombs!!