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Alabastron with Inscription

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

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  • A work made of travertine (egyptian alabaster).


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


Egyptian; probably Naukratis, Egypt

About this artwork

The style and material of this jar are nearly identical to those of Egyptian vessels made 3000 years earlier. Although Egyptian in design, this vessel has an inscription in Greek - a dedication to the twin gods Castor and Pollux. It attests to the popularity of Greek gods in Egypt at the time of its creation, an interest that was reciprocated in Greece for Egyptian gods.


On View, Gallery 152


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Alabastron with Inscription


Egypt (Object made in)

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Made 664 BCE–404 BCE


Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


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


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

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Museum Purchase Fund

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