Alabastron (Perfume Vase)



Long thin flask with narrow neck and rounded base, used in antiquity for holding oil, especially perfume or massage oils. Auction sticker 1011/3. Base marked in black with MacGregor's collection no. 3843 and label stuck to the surface with red printed number 3843. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Worn,surface dirt, rim chipped, label adhered to surface. Compare shape with W. M. F. Petrie, 'Stone and Metal Vases' (London, 1937) no. 949. Purchased at Sotheby's, London, 26 June - 6 July 1922 (MacGregor Collection) Lot 1011/3: "Three Alabastrons, in arragoinite, with unpierced ear handles, 6 3/4 in., 5 1/8 in. and 4 1/2 in. high, with rounded bases; the example in brown stone found at Thebes.".