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. Compare with W. M. F. Petrie, Stone and Metal Vases (London, 1937) no. 956. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Previous repair, chipped edges and surface, surface dirt, labels adhered. Purchased at Sotheby's, London, 20-24 January 1913 (de Rustafjaell sale) 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)".