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Alabaster Unguentarium

Type:unguentarium

Material(s):alabaster

Designer/Maker:unknown

Markings:none

Origin:Egyptian

Date or Era:1085 BC - 715 BC

Dimensions:3-1/4 in. h.

Special Features:An unguentarium is an ancient vessel created to hold fragrant oils to anoint and perfume skin (unguents).

Additional Information:
Hand carved from a single piece of beige alabaster. Probably quarried at Hatnub in the lower Nile Valley. Two small knobs on sides.