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EV1405

An Egyptian Alabaster Cosmetic Jar, 18th Dynasty ca 1550-1295 BC

the fine, thin walled vessel with concave sides, that taper to a wide flat foot, the open mouth with extended  the interior walls hollowed to conform with the sides of the vessel.  Quite delicate in appearance, this small vessel was designed to delight the senses of its owner.  When used, the elegant shape and smooth texture of the vessel, combined with the aromatic scent of the perfume and the rich color of the cosmetic, created an object that was at once both functional and pleasing.

Condition:  Loss to footed base and small break to rim rejoined, otherwise the vessel is intact and in excellent condition overall.  A very nice example of type.

Dimensions:   height:  3 1/4 inches (8.25 cm)

Provenance:   Private collection of Ira X., an archaeologist based in the Holy Land in the 1960's - 1970's.  Acquired in Thebes in the 1970's.

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