Alabastron (Perfume Vase)



Long thin flask with narrow neck and rounded base, used in antiquity for holding oil, especially perfume or massage oils. Base marked in black 2379. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Rim chipped, surface loss, scratched, surface dirt, worn. Compare shape with W. M. F. Petrie, 'Stone and Metal Vases' (London, 1937) no. 952. 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.".