An ancient Egyptian alabastron with small pierced lug handles and carved decoration around the neck.
Late Period, ca. 700-30 BC.
Alabaster was prized by the ancient Egyptians for its translucence and decorative veining, qualities which were further emphasized in the carving process. Vessels of this shape were used to hold scented oil or cosmetics and were often deposited in the tombs of wealthy Egyptians.
Formerly in a New York private collection, acquired at Hotel Drouot, Pescheteau-Badin-Ferrien, Paris, June 18, 1991; previously in a French private collection.