Alabastron (Perfume Vase) card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Alabastron (Perfume Vase)


Currently not on display


Long thin flask with narrow neck and rounded base, used in antiquity for holding oil, especially perfume or massage oils. Auction sticker 1012/3. Base marked in black with MacGregor's colleciton no. 3844 and label stuck to the surface with red printed number 3844. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Rim chipped, worn, label adhered to surface, surface dirt. Compare shape with W. M. F. Petrie, 'Stone and Metal Vases' (London, 1937) no. 968. Purchased at Sotheby's, London, 26 June - 6 July 1922 (MacGregor Collection) Lot 1012/3: "An Alabastron, in arragoinite, 9 3/4 in. high, with unpierced ear handles, rounded at the base; another, with think high ridge about two-thirds up the neck, 9 1/8 in. high; another, of simpler form, 5 1/2 in. high; the first two of almost eggshell thinness".