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Alabastron with lid

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Slender stone alabastron with a flat base and fitted lid. The rim is wide and flat. The stone has a dark purplish-brown hue except for a lighter portion at the top. It has horizontal veining and a well polished surface. It is complete.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period–Roman Imperial Period, 688 B.C.–A.D. 364


Height x diameter: 18.1 x 3.9 cm (7 1/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World