Egyptian Alabaster cosmetic vase, Middle Kingdom, Circa 2050-1750 BC
Conservation: Good condition
Dimensions: 4,5 cm
Provenance: Private collection, Florida (USA), acquired in 1970. / J. Bagot Archaeological Gallery, Barcelona, 2015
Exhibited: Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)
Alabaster is one of the most precious materials of Ancient Egypt, used for funerary offerings and the more complex rites of mummification.
This type of vessel was used to contain the ointments used for mummification. Its stylisation and design make it one of the most stylised ointments surviving from Egyptian antiquity.
This vase has the particularity of having two handles on its spherical body, which suggests that it may have been used to hold the ointments around the neck.