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Ointment Vessel

A work made of travertine (egyptian alabaster).
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  • A work made of travertine (egyptian alabaster).

Date:

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18 (about 1550-1295 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

Perfumes and fragrant ointments for soothing the skin were an important part of beauty routines in Egypt’s hot, dry climate. Like the sometimes costly cosmetics they were designed to contain, these elegant vessels were desirable luxury goods, made in varied forms from an array of materials. The shallow bowl here was used for scented ointments and is embellished with a pomegranate-shaped handle. Regarded as a fertility symbol because of its numerous seeds, the pomegranate became a popular decorative motif in ancient Egyptian jewelry and other objects associated with beauty.

Status

On View, Gallery 50

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Ointment Vessel

Place

Egypt (Object made in)

Date

c. 1550 BCE–1295 BCE

Medium

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Dimensions

17.2 × 11.4 × 2.3 cm (6 7/8 × 4 1/2 × 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty and Charles L. Hutchinson

Reference Number

1894.991

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