AN EGYPTIAN ALABASTER LIBATION JAR
Catalog:Stone and Marble:Egyptian: stock #1281765
Dynasty VI; c. 2345-2181 BCE
Ovoid in shape, this vessel has rounded shoulders and tapers to a flat base. A spout with a v-shaped tip is present on the side of the vessel.
In very fine condition. Slight restoration to the body of the vessel, otherwise in original condition.
13.2 cm high x 11.6 cm wide (5.2 x 4.56 inches); Spout 4.4 cm (1.73 inches) in length.
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Libations are the ritual pouring of a liquid as an offering to a spirit or divinity. In Ancient Egypt the pouring of libations was a common practice and was primarily performed on behalf of the dead or to them directly, as well as to the gods themselves. Due to the Egyptians belief in a corporeal afterlife it is therefore not surprising that vessels such as this are often found as grave goods. This example would have been buried with a person of high status as evidenced by the quality of workmanship as well as the luxury material from which it was produced.