- Museum number
Four-handled ovoid cosmetic jar, with a a cylindrical neck and a hollow trumpet-shaped base with flat rim. The body is of opaque dark-blue glass, a colour repeated in the four vertical monochrome handles. A chevron pattern in opaque yellow, turquoise-blue, and white decorates the neck and the flat rim. These colours are repeated in the simple festoons of the body. All surfaces are glossy. One handle is lost.
Height: 10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
A shape frequent in the later Eighteenth Dynasty.
Sale Catalogue, 'James Burton Jr Collection', Sotheby and Son, (London, 25-27 July 1836), lot 341;
‘Masterpieces of Glass, The British Museum’ (London 1968), no. 3;
B. Nolte, ‘Die Glasgefässe in Alten Ägypten (Berlin 1968), p. 87, pl. V, no. 23;
A. Kozloff, ‘Egypt’s dazzling sun: Amenhotep III and his World’ (Cleveland 1992), p. 386;
E. A. Wallis Budge, 'The Mummy' (Cambridge 1925);
J.H. Taylor and N.C. Strudwick, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Treasures from The British Museum, Santa Ana and London 2005, pp. 166-7, pl. on p. 166.
For glass manufacture in ancient Egypt, see Nicholson and Henderson, 'Glass' in T. Nicholson and I. Shaw, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology (Cambridge 2000): 195-224.
- On display (G61/dc4/sC)
- incomplete - one handle lost
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Lot 341 at sale.
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.4743 (Birch Slip Number)