Large greek alabaster Alabastron

Object number
Object: Alabastron (tall perfume vessel)

Material: Calcite (alabaster)

Date: 6th - 5th century B.C.
Probably Cypriot

Description:    Cylindrical body with drill hole in the middle, flattened conical base, disk-shaped mouth with profiled edge overhanging the body. Two small lug handles on the shoulder.

Size: Height 205 mm, diameter 539 mm

Condition: Very well preserved, chips at rim, otherwise undamaged.

References: A. Hermary and J. R. Mertens, The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Stone Sculpture (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013) no. 522 (limestone); 547; 532; 533; J. Webb, Cypriote Antiquities in the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney (2001) S. 123 Nr. 346 (limestone)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, Accession Number 74.51.5106

Provenance: Acquired 2020 from a Swiss auction house. Previously in the possession of Galerie Jean-David Cahn AG, Basel, Switzerland. Ex Drouot, Paris, 2015 auction. From the estate of Wladimir Rosenbaum (1894 to 1984), Galleria Serodine S.A. in Ascona, Switzerland.

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