About this artwork
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.
The lug handles on this jar are derived from Egyptian vessels made 3000 years earlier.
Currently Off View
- Ancient and Byzantine Art
- Ancient Egyptian
- Alabastron with Inscription
- 664 BC–404 BC
- Calcite ("Egyptian alabaster")
- 27.6 × 30.5 × 30.5 cm (10 7/8 × 12 × 12 in.)
- Museum Purchase Fund