Hellenistic Alabaster Vessel

SKU X.0564
Circa

300 BC to 100 BC

Dimensions

4.75″ (12.1cm) high x 2.50″ (6.4cm) wide

Medium

Alabaster

Origin

Mediterranean

Gallery Location

UK


 

Highly esteemed in the ancient world for its beautiful translucent and soft quality, alabaster was usually reserved for the production of small vessels to hold precious materials such as perfumed oils. Indeed, the small opening at the top of this vessel would suggest that it held such a material, for it would have allowed greater control over what could be poured. The form of this vessel is delicately carved, the compact minerals that make up alabaster allowing for a smooth finish.

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