Jar - ROM2018_16145_97



Medium:Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 2686-2125 BC
Period: 3rd-6th Dynasty, Old Kingdom
14.8 x 9.4 cm
Object number: 909.80.91
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt

This graceful jar would have held perfumed ointment to be used in ceremonies; such oils were used to anoint statues and religious standards. The wide opening made it easy to access the liquid within, and the flat lip could easily be sealed by a flat lid.

From the earliest times this veined, translucent stone, was preferred for perfume containers.  The material is often called ‘Egyptian alabaster’ but in fact is travertine. True alabaster is made of gypsum, whereas travertine is formed of calcite.

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