A Lugged Bowl, 2002

Hand-carved Egyptian pegmatite.

This rare stone comes from a small quarry in the Eastern Desert of Egypt visited by Cox with his Bedouin guide in the late 80’s. The quarry is small, with a few dressed blocks that have survived from antiquity. It would appear that this quarry had only been known to the Romans for a short time, as there are so few examples of its use.

Pegmatite is also known as ‘The Granite of the Column’; a short column supporting an altar in the church of St. Zenone and St. Prassede in Rome; is the best-known example of its use.

Height 9cm (3 1/2")
Diameter 15.5cm (6 1/8")


Private collection, USA, 2015



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