Alabastron with Inscription

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

Date:

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

Artist:

Egyptian

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.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Alabastron with Inscription

Origin

Egypt

Date

664 BC–404 BC

Medium

Calcite ("Egyptian alabaster")

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Museum Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1911.105

Extended information about this artwork

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