Egyptian Cosmetic Jar

£595.00

An Egyptian cosmetic jar made in alabaster, used for storing ointments. The large, cylindrical body features two small lug handles to the sides and a slightly pinched neck. A lid would have originally been part of the jar, keeping any liquids inside fresh to use.

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Product Code: AH-589
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Egyptian alabaster, also known as travertine, was frequently used for cosmetic jars in antiquity. As a soft and porous material it was easier to carve than marble. Such a jar would have likely held precious liquids and oils, used to anoint the body.

Weight 113 g
Dimensions W 4.4 x H 6.5 cm
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