Cypriot Alabaster alabastron,: Archaic II– Classical I (600-400BC)

Alabaster alabastron,

Calcite alabaster Perfume bottle that would have had a stopper. Alabaster does not exist in Cyprus so this was either imported, most likely from Egypt or the Levant (but possibly Greece) or was made in Cyprus from imported stone. Although the alabastron was introduced from Egypt and found in Late Bronze Age tombs at Enkomi, they have mostly been found in 6th century tombs (especially in Salamis), and continued through the Classical period. Probably 6th - 5th century BC.

Opaque, banded, honey coloured Calcite alabaster. Elongated sack-shaped body tapering to short out-turned neck and slightly protruding rim. Two solid lugs above mid-line. Drilled-out interior.

Stable crack on body plus chipping

Cf. Lubsen-Admiraal 2004, p.39; Metropolitan Museum Acc.Nos: 74.51.5099; 74.51.5100.


Size: 13.8 x 6.0cm

(Ex. collection: Mary Gladys Bolton (1885-1975), UK; acquired during her Grand Tour in the 1920’s. Thence by family descent since 1975 to a private collection in Gloucestershire, UK. Ms Bolton, and companion Marjory Andrews, journeyed extensively visiting the Mediterranean, Levant, China etc)

(Aquired Helios Gallery UK, 28 November 2022)

(DJ 245 AN 225)