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Rindskopf Papyriform (Karnak) Style Vases

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Posted 5 years ago

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Here are three very large Rindskopf vases, all over 12", in three distinct decors. From the left is an example of red/amethyst marbled. Next, what is often called Persica, and lastly, green/lavender striated. Not pictured, I also have in my collection a smaller 9" example in pink/green aventurine in similar shape, but sans indentations. It is clear that Rindskopf produced this shape in a wide range of decors.

One can see the similarity between these shapes, especially the tops, and the ancient Egyptian columns modeled after closed papyrus buds. Like many artists at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, Rindskopf was inspired by the archaeological finds coming out of Egypt during that era. No surprise that today, Rindskopf vases in this shape are often referred to as Karnak, and are highly prized by collectors.


  1. beyemvey beyemvey, 5 years ago
    Al, not too surprising in light of the Egyption mythology of Osiris, Isis, Horus, & Set... and Osiris' missing ... uh... body part :-) The papyrus buds were a symbol of fertility & rebirth. Good summary here... http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_guide/literature/mythology/summary-analysis-egyptian/osiris/summary-analysis.html
  2. beyemvey beyemvey, 5 years ago
    Also, good info on styles of Egyptian columns here... http://buffaloah.com/a/archsty/egypt/columns/col.html
  3. inky inky, 5 years ago

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