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Basalt was one of the Egyptians most utilized stones. It was used to make an array of items from pots to other kitchen tools to vases to statues to even flooring! The utilization of basalt by the ancient Egyptians can be traced back to Pre-Dynastic times. Basalt was quarried in the ancient lands of Fayoum and Merimda-Benisalame. Basalt vessels are among the oldest stone vessels found in Egypt. Basalt was used to make statues and sarcophagi in the Old Kingdom. It was also immensely popular as a material for flooring. Basalt has also been used in the exterior veneer and capstones of pyramids from Old Kingdom. It was also used for temple pavements and walls Here at Swan Bazaar, we offer a colorful array of basalt antiques. We have statues, vases, canopic jars, serving utensils and other decorative items handmade from high-quality basalt stone, embellished with pharaonic themes, motifs and symbols. Basalt was one of the ancient Egyptians most beloved stone. We offer a wide array of royal pharaonic style vases hand-carved of high-quality basalt stone and adorned with sacred figures, motifs and symbols. Our Tall Basalt Vase Decorated with Horus and Anubis Pharaonic Blessing Scene is a recreation of traditional ceremonial or funerary vases from ancient Egypt. It is handmade by local Egyptian artists, embellished with hieroglyphics and motifs from antiquity and featuring the mighty gods, Horus and Anubis—two of the most revered and powerful gods in ancient Egypt. This stunning vase is hand-carved out of high-quality, basalt stone and painted with a glossy paint for protection and a shiny finish. The ancient Egyptians decorated their homes, tombs and temples with black basalt in the late eras of the civilization. Basalt was viewed as a symbol of wealth and opulence. This elegant vase highlights a holy scene with both Anubis and Horus blessing the pharaoh. It is hand-carved and delicately painted with locally-sourced natural paint, adorned with detailed hieroglyphics and the key of life or Ankh, the representation of eternal life. We have an array of meticulously-carved items following in the tradition of basalt being used as material for small figurines and vessels in the New Kingdom. Our unique kitchen tools and serving bowls and plates are all made of heavy-duty basalt stone and all feature pharaonic designs and symbols. Our Sacred Winged Scarab Basalt Serving Bowl is hand-carved from premium quality basalt stone and embellished with a mystical scarab beetle, encapsulating the magic and whimsy of ancient Egyptian mythology. The scarab beetle is an ancient Egyptian symbol of immortality, resurrection, transformation and protection. This is an example of the kind of basalt vessel you could find in the New Kingdom period. This stunning scarab bowl is a true treat for lovers of ancient Egyptian mythology. Scarab beetles were popular amulets and impressions seal in ancient Egypt. As mentioned above, basalt was a popular material for making small figurines and statues during the New Kingdom. Often times these figurines were carved in the shape of revered god for the purpose of decorating their home alters or burial chambers and tombs. They were often buried with the deceased to protect them in the journey to the afterlife. We have numerous figurines of the most important and revered gods. Bastet, Anubis, Horus, Isis and Hathor to name a few. Our Anubis Basalt Statue is a great example of the kind of figurines that would have been made for honoring the mighty gods. Anubis here is depicted in black, a color that the ancient Egyptians associated with regeneration, life, the soil of the Nile River, and the discoloration of the corpse after embalming. The ancient Egyptians adorned their homes as well as their tombs, holy burial places and alters with similar statues, paying homage to the revered god Anubis. Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death, mummification, embalming, the afterlife, cemeteries, tombs, and the Underworld. He was one of the most frequently depicted and mentioned ancient Egyptian gods. He is depicted here in his classic form as a Jackal. This is because the ancient Egyptians associated Jackals with death, because they lurked around cemeteries ate decomposing flesh. Thus, by making Anubis the patron deity of jackals, they hoped to protect the bodies of the deceased from being devoured. You will also find a variety of basalt items shaped like the scarab beetle. Scarab beetles were popular amulets and impressions seal in ancient Egypt. It is an ancient sacred symbol of immortality, resurrection, transformation and protection. Our Glorious Winged Scarab Statue is handmade to be an accurate replica of the scarabs buried with famous ancient Egyptian kings and queens. The scarab beetle was one of the most significant religious symbols in ancient Egypt, associated with the mighty sun god, Ra. The Egyptians viewed the scarab as a symbol of renewal and rebirth. The beetle was associated closely with the sun god because it rolls large balls of dung to lay their eggs, a behavior that the Egyptians thought resembled the progression of the sun through the sky from east to west. Lastly, we offer a tasteful selection of stunning basalt canopic jar sets. Our Divine Four Sons of Horus Basalt Set of 4 Canopic Jars is carefully hand-carved from the finest basalt stone. Each jar is embellished with different intricate ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and motifs that were commonly found on canopic jars from the New Kingdom. Following in the tradition of ancient Egyptian funeral practices, each of these canopic jars represents the protective deities, the Four Sons of Horus – Hapy, Imsety, Duamutef, and Qebehsenuef. Each of them is responsible for guarding the mummified internal organs for the afterlife. Canopic jars were used by the Ancient Egyptians during the mummification process to store and preserve the viscera of their owner for the afterlife. These would then be placed alongside the sarcophagus or coffin in their tomb or burial site. Additionally, they would sometimes also contain the ashes of a favored pet or animal of the deceased. These basalt Egyptian antiquities for sale are all handmade by talented artists and small families in Egypt.