Alabastron

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 14.9 x 4.1 cm (5 7/8 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.495

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 wide and flat. It has very small lug handles. The neck is narrow. It is made of very fine light stone with a highly polished surface and oblique veining.

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