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Oil flask (alabastron) in the form of a sitting ape

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The mold-made vase in the form of a sitting ape was originally covered with red slip. The ape wears a cord around his neck from which hang two medallions and an amulet. There are two pierced holes for suspension in the rim on top of his head.


From Naukratis. 1885: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; October 28, 1885: voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over February 1886. (Accession date: 1886).

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st to 2nd century A.D.


Naukratis, Egypt


10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World