This vessel is made from travertine and is about 5.2cm high. The type of vessel is often called a tazza (plural tazze). These objects appear in
In the Tomb of the Two Sculptors (Davies 1925) large tazze are carried by servants to supply unguents and oils to guests, while guests hold smaller examples. Pliny states that unguents keep best in travertine containers (Manniche 1989, 56). Such an item would have been valuable.
This example was originally part of the collection of Lord Aberdare, transferred from the National Museum of Wales Cardiff.
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Manniche, L. 1989. An Ancient Egyptian Herbal.