Alabastron carved from banded calcite; very elongated drop-shaped body; long neck with a projecting edge, ending with straight rim; smoothed exterior; drilled; complete.
- Production date
- 150 BC - 100 AD
Height: 15.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 88.728 was discovered in Naukratis cemetery, along with a few other alabastra.
The production of alabastra is attested in Naukratis during the Late Period, especially during the 27th dynasty: “many thousands of alabaster drill cores from tubular drilling” as well as unfinished vessels in the same material were found in the temenos of Apollo in 1885, between the temple and the north-west corner of the temenos (Petrie 1886, 15).
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). This shape with a ridge above the neck is typical of the late Ptolemaic-early Roman period (Aston 1994, 166, no. 230). This alabastron is rather similar to BM 1888,0601.16.
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
- Acquisition date
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 88.728 (Accession Number)
Miscellaneous number: S.1610 (Stone ledger number)