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Alabastron

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These fragments formed the rounded base of a bag-shaped vessel known as an alabastron. It would have had a narrow neck, everted rim and a pair of pierced lug handles.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 8 (tomb of Aspelta). 1918: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Aspelta, 593–568 B.C.

Findspot

Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height x depth: 19.4 x 8.9 cm (7 5/8 x 3 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

20.1075

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels