Alabaster unguent vase, Old Kingdom

Alabaster unguent vase, Old Kingdom
Period:Egypt, Old Kingdom, Old Kingdom
Dating:2700 BC–2130 BC
Material:Stone (undetermined)
Physical:10.1cm. (3.9 in.) - 407 g. (14.4 oz.)

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  This exquisite unguent vase was fashioned from a block of oriental alabaster. The base is flat, the body presents a double taper, and the rim is delicately everted.

The absolute perfection of execution shown in such small, discreetly elegant objects demonstrates the amazing mastery of Old Kingdom stone craftsmen, who worked before the iron age.

Bibliography (for this item)

Arnold, Dorothea (editor)
1999 When the Pyramids Were Built: Egyptian Art of the Old Kingdom. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

Vandier d’Abbadie, J.
1972 Catalogue des objets de toilette égyptiens. Editions des Musées Nationaux, Paris, France.

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