Artefact No. 4: Alabaster Vessel, Middle Kingdom Egypt

This vessel is carved from prized alabaster that was quarried from a known site by the Valley of the Kings in ancient Thebes. This temperamental material was particularly valued for its fleshy hues and glowing translucency. The combination of the small scale and the precise craftsmanship suggests that the vessel was intended to hold a cosmetic preparation such as ointment, kohl or perfume. 

The Ancient Egyptian appreciation for luxury items and emphasis on grooming and hygiene were imbued with a reverence that exalted those processes to almost spiritual acts. 

2200 to 1800 BC 

1.75" / 4.4cm high x 1.675" / 4.3cm wide 

One Size | $3,000

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