Unguent jar fragment - ROM2018_16165_112


Unguent jar fragment

Geography: Excavated at the Tomb of King Aha, Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 3100-2890 BC
Period: 1st Dynasty, Early Dynastic Period
3.1 x 2.3 x 3.3 x 2.4 cm
Object number: 902.6.3
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Studies of Egyptian obsidian from the tombs at Abydos have indicated that the northern part of the East African Rift Valley in Ethiopia was the most likely source of the material.  Obsidian was imported into Egypt beginning in Nagada I.  The earliest artifacts are blades, beads, pendants and vessels. 

This precious material was sometimes used for containers for cosmetics.  The original use of this small vessel is unknown, but the contents may well have been perfume or unguent.

Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society (W.M. Flinders Petrie), 1900-1902
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