Egyptian Alabaster bowl, Middle Kingdom, Circa 1985-1773 BC
Dimensions: 3,5 x 9 cm
Provenance: Archaeological Gallery, Israel, 2014. Export authorization from the Israel Antiquities Authority No. 526597 with date 21/08/2014
Exhibited: Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)
This small alabaster bowl was used to store cosmetics. These ointments were normally made from materials that were not very perishable as they were usually used in funerary rituals and ended up being part of the trousseau for the afterlife. In this case, alabaster is a difficult material to work with and to obtain, which makes the item very special.