Ointment pot, Egypt, 3100-2134 BCE

Made:
3100 BCE -2134 BCE in Egypt
maker:
Unknown
Marble ointment pot, Egyptian, 3100BC-2134BC.
      Full view, shallow field of focus, gray background.

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Marble ointment pot, Egyptian, 3100BC-2134BC. Full view, shallow field of focus, gray background.
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Marble ointment pot, Egyptian, 3100-2134BC

This small ointment pot sat within the palm of the hand. It may have held medicines or ointments. The marble is shaped into an oval. It is hollowed to create a well in which ointment was stored. It may also have been used to mix ingredients that formed the basis of Egyptian cosmetics.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A634893
Materials:
complete and marble
type:
pot - container
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • vessel
credit:
Sotheby's