Egyptian - Pair of Bottles with Egyptian Sand, 1875


Pair of Bottles with Egyptian Sand, 1875

Engraved glass, sand, cork, 19.3 cm (7 5/8 in.) each


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hand blown glass bottles, etched with ferns


Acquired and assembled by Isabella Stewart Gardner on her trip to Egypt in 1875.


Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 65.

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Sand collected in these bottles reminded Isabella Stewart Gardner of a profoundly moving experience in Egypt. Between 1874 and 1875, she travelled by boat along the Nile and recorded events from the trip in her travel journal. She describes lying alone in the sand near the Pyramids at Gizeh, where “the solemnity and mystery took possession and my heart went out to the Sphinx.”


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