Gorham Antique Sterling Silver 'Liquor Flask' in the form of a Canopic Jar, Providence, RI, 1884
This is an exceptionally rare and fascinating flask. Obviously inspired by the American Egyptian Revival of the 1870's and 80's, this striking object features a mummy sarcophagus with a pharaoh's head and hieroglyphics. The body has a wavy texture produced by the difficult process of reticulation.
The front of the body is hand-engraved with three columns of hieroglyphics. The twist-off cap of the pharaoh's head is a striking example of wonderful casting.
So, what is a canopic jar, you ask? Well, canopic jars were vessels used during the mummification process. Isn't it amusing that Gorham would create a liquor flask associated with the mummification process?
This magnificent flask is marked underneath with Gorham's trademark and 'STERLING/130)' and the 'Q' date code for 1884. It measures 6.5 inches high by 2.75 inches wide, weighs 6.30 troy ounces and is in excellent antique condition.
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