Alabastron (Perfume Vase)



Serpentine alabastron (perfume vase). Long narrow body with a rounded end, two lugs high up on the body and a narrow neck supporting a wide flat mouth. Rectangular label with printed number 171. Base marked in blue writing. Danson collection no. 137. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Previous repair, chipped edges and surface, surface dirt, labels adhered. Compare with W. M. F. Petrie, Stone and Metal Vases (London, 1937) no. 956. Danson Catalogue 2 no. 137. Purchased as Sotheby's, London, 20-24 January 1913 (Robert de Rustafjaell collection) Lot 171/4 "Three Alabastrons, 5 1/2 in. to 7 1/2 in. long, all slightly varied in form; and a similar Vase, in dark serpentine; the last piece very rare (PI. XIV)".