Spindle bottle - 909.77.63_1


Spindle bottle

Medium:Ceramic (earthenware with red slip)
Geography: Cypriot import, excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1295 BC
Period: 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom
34 x 6.5 cm
Object number: 909.77.63
Not on view

Spindle bottle probably from Syria made to hold aromatic resins. Such resins would have been imported into Egypt to be used in perfumes and ointments used for festive occasions and in the mummification process. This type of vessel first appears in Egypt in the Second Intermediate Period and continues into the 14th century BC. Theban tomb paintings from the 18th Dynasty show Syrian porters carrying such vessels in tribute scenes. This bottle has a triangular worked rim, a long slender neck, and a distinct shoulder tapering down to a button base. Two small lines were incised on base before firing. The vessel coated with a lustrous red slip. The body is cracked and the vertical handle is missing. The black resin with which the bottle was filled seems to be oozing from the cracks in the vessel.

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