Alabastron

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 12 x 4.1 cm (4 3/4 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.493

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

This jar, of a shape known as an alabastron, has long and slender proportions. The base is rounded, and the rim is rolled and everted. The neck is slightly flaring. There are two small lug handles on the body. It is made of a light colored stone with wavy streaks. The surface is slightly rough.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way