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Third Intermediate Period circa 1069-747 BC
Size: 14cm high – 5½ ins high (each)
See Finch & Co catalogue no.13, item no.12, for a large unguent jar
These vessels contained oils and other unguents that had been perfumed with various aromatic herbs and spices, for use on the living body or as sacred oils to anoint the mummy in the tomb at various stages of the ritual ‘opening of the mouth’ ceremony. From the early Dynastic period onwards alabaster was increasingly used for the production of cosmetic and funerary vessels and the skilled craftsmen chose and shaped the stone to maximise the decorative effect of the natural colour and banding.