Alabastron in alabaster, Persian, 5th century BC
Alabastron ointment vessel, carved from a piece of alabaster, with slightly bulbous body and flared rim.
Circa 5th century BC
This form differs from the Egyptian form, and relates directly to known Persian examples; ref. The Schoyen Collection, MS 4536/1 , for an example inscribed for Xerxes, Syria, 485-465 BC.