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Alabastron with Inscription

A work made of calcite ("egyptian alabaster").
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of calcite ("egyptian alabaster").

Date:

Late Period, Dynasty 26–27 (664–404 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

The lug handles on this jar are derived from Egyptian vessels made 3000 years earlier.

Alabaster jars had long been used as donations to Egyptian temples. The large size of this jar made it a very valuable object. Although Egyptian in design and function, the jar is inscribed with a Greek dedication to the twin gods Castor and Pollux, suggesting the vessel was dedicated in a temple in honor of those gods.

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Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Alabastron with Inscription

Origin

Egypt

Date

Made 664 BCE–404 BCE

Medium

Calcite ("Egyptian alabaster")

Inscriptions

∆lO°KOPON “[This is the jug of the] Dioscouri”

Dimensions

27.6 × 30.5 × 30.5 cm (10 7/8 × 12 × 12 in.)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1911.105

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