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 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.".