Fine basalt or greywacke jar of ovoid form with finely-contoured offset foot, tubular handles, and everted rim. Well made with very thin walls which vary in thickness. Small label stuck to the surface below the rim, annotated 164 in ink., which is Francis Danson's colleciton number. Compare shape with Ali el-Khouli, ‘Egyptian Stone Vessels, Predynastic Period to Dynasty III: Typology and Analysis’ (Mainz, 1978) nos. 1292-1297. Danson Catalogue 2 no. 164. Sold at Sotheby's, London, 20 - 24 January 1913 (Robert de Rustafjaell sale) Lot 88: "A fine ovate Vase in black stone; 5 1/2 in. high; two side ears or handles on the shoulders; the mouth rather narrow (PI. VIII)". CONDITION NOTE 1998: Rim chipped, running cracks, surface dirt.