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Rows of plant and animal scenes decorate this faience alabastron, a vessel for perfumed oil. Most alabastra have a rounded bottom and need to be placed in a stand or suspended by strings that run through the holes in their handles. The foot allowing this alabastron to stand is unusual.
Description Rows of plant and animal scenes decorate this faience alabastron, a vessel for perfumed oil. Most alabastra have a rounded bottom and need to be placed in a stand or suspended by strings that run through the holes in their handles.
a two-handled vessel designed for storing and transporting oil and wine, was a favored shape among Athenian black-figure vase painters. Generic scenes of battle, athletics, and courtship were popular subjects, as were episodes drawn from Greek mythology.
In ancient Egypt, the blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea Savigny) was popular in life and in art. The water lily was esteemed because every morning it opened its petals and released its sweet perfume to greet the sun, which was interpreted as both symbol and promise of life and rebirth.
Funerary cones were bricked into the wall above the entrance of a grave in plaster, so that the flat stamped side was clearly visible. The hieroglyphs give the person’s name, titles, and sometimes a brief inscription or genealogy.
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