Alabastron carved from banded calcite, smoothed exterior; in calcite; only upper part preserved with a very wide flat flaring rim, like a disc; narrow tubular neck; neck and rim drilled (hole of 1.3cm of diameter); lots of incrustation on surface.
- Production date
- 6thC BC - 4thC BC
Thickness: 0.40 - 0.50 centimetres (flange)
Diameter: 2.10 centimetres (neck)
Diameter: 8 centimetres (rim outside)
- Curator's comments
- Evidence for the local production of alabastra is given by the discovery of “many thousands of alabaster drill cores from tubular drilling” as well as unfinished vessels in the same material found in the temenos of Apollo in 1885, between the temple and the north-west corner of the temenos (Petrie 1886, 15). Most of these vessels should be dated to the second half of the 6th or latest first half of the 5th century BC. This specimen could pertain to an unfinished or defective alabastron, left in the temenos. However, since it was discovered in the second season at Naukratis (possibly in 1886), it is necessary to be cautious on such hypothesis.
Alabastra vessels already appear in the late 25th dynasty (examples of the 7th century from the royal cemeteries at el-Kurru and Nuri in Sudan: Dunham 1950, 31, fig. 11c, j and pl. XXXIX; Dunham 1955, 13, fig. 3). However, they start to be really popular in the 26th dynasty and are still produced in the Roman Period (Petrie 1937, 14; Aston 1994, 166; Masson 2007, 612, pl. XXVIII no. 1-3; Masson forthcoming).
Aston, B.G. 1994, Ancient Egyptian stone vessels: materials and forms. Heidelberger Orientverlag, Heidelberg.
Dunham, D. 1950, The Royal cemeteries of Kush, vol. I: El Kurru, Cambridge
Dunham, D. 1955, The Royal cemeteries of Kush, vol. II: Nuri, Boston.
Petrie, W. M. F. 1886, Naukratis. Part I., 1884-5 (Memoir of the Egypt Exploration Fund 3), London.
Petrie, W. M. F. 1937, The funeral furniture of Egypt and Stone and Metal Vases, London.
Masson, A. 2007, ‘Le quartier des prêtres du temple de Karnak: rapport préliminaire de la fouille de la maison VII, 2001-2003’, Cahiers de Karnak XII, 593-655.
Masson, A. forthcoming, Le quartier des prêtres sur la rive est du Lac Sacré à Karnak.
- Not on display
- Rather poor, lots of incrustation on outer surface
- Acquisition date
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: RES.88.42 (Accession Number)
Miscellaneous number: S.1613 (Stone Ledger Number)