An extremely fine and well preserved alabaster container, with a wide, flat flaring rim, cylindrical body and flat base. There are beautiful horizontal veins running through the body. Some chipping on the rim and earthly encrustations on the surface.
The "Oriental" alabaster was highly esteemed for making small vessels, perfume bottles or ointment vases called alabastra. In Egypt, craftsmen used alabaster for canopic jars and various other sacred and sepulchral objects, but also for everyday items, like kohl jars and perfume containers. As a soft and porous material it was easier to carve than marble. Such a bowl would have likely held precious liquids and oils, used to anoint the body.
Measurements: circa 4.6cm height, 6.2cm width
Provenance: M. F. Surrey Collection, 1920-40, acquired legally and ethically on the art market.
- Ancient Egyptian
- Small Vessel
- Century/ Timeframe
- Circa 1550-1070 BC, New Kingdom Period
- Good Condition, See Photo