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. Label stuck to the surface annoted in ink "Alabstron. In New Testament "alabaster ... of ointment". Also marked "340". CONDITION NOTE (1998): Incomplete, part of rim missing. Compare shape with W. M. F. Petrie, 'Stone and Metal Vases' (London, 1937) no. 967.