Small cylindrical beaker - ROM2018_16271_12


Small cylindrical beaker

Medium:Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Geography: Possibly excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 3100-2686 BC
Period: 1st-2nd Dynasty, Early Dynastic Period
7.9 x 6.3 cm
Object number: 909.80.134
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

Stone vessels were abundant in the Early Dynastic Period. Egyptian craftsmen were very skilled at producing stone vessels for the funerary market. Travertine, also known as Egyptian alabaster, was especially valued and exploited for its variable coloured bands of yellow, brown and white and for its translucent nature. Wealthy tomb owners required many stone vessels along with their pottery and metal containers  in order to maintain their lifestyle in the netherworld. This small cylindrical beaker (7.9 cm.) has a rolled rim 6.5 cm in diameter and an aperture 5 cm. wide.  The flat base is 4.5 cm in diameter.The interior is well hollowed and smoothed.

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