Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

With Daniel von Recklinghausen, Jeffrey Spencer, Valerie Smallwood, Virginia Webb and Susan Woodford

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Stone vessels


Aurélia Masson

Stone vessels from Naukratis are a group of finds that is rarely discussed in scholarship, as is generally the case for stone vessels from post-New Kingdom Egyptian sites. Calcite vessels and waste products from their production form a large proportion of the corpus. Most bear witness to local workshop activity between the end of the 26th and the beginning of the 27th dynasty focused on the production of alabastra probably intended primarily for export. Various other shapes made from a variety of stones were also recovered at the site, including copies of Egyptian and non-Egyptian ceramic forms as well as Egyptian and Greek large ritual basins and vessels with more domestic uses.

Alabastron in calcite from the area of the Great Temenos in Naukratis, excavated during Hogarth’s second season, 1903. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, AN1896-1908-E.3695. Photograph © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Photography by British Museum staff