Bactrian Alabaster Cosmetic Container


A beautiful Bactrian alabaster cylindrial cosmetic container featuring a flat base with a slightly concave body leading to a flaring rim. The stone is a lovely cream colour, with veins of white and brown running through the body.

Date: Circa 2nd Millennium BC
Condition: Excellent condition.


SKU: CS-51 Category:

Bactria (or Bactriana) was the name of a historical region in central Asia. Several important trade routes from India and China passed through Bactria from the Bronze Age onwards, which allowed for the accumulation of vast wealth by the predominantly nomadic population.

In the ancient world, alabaster was widely used. This was on account of the rock’s softness – fine detail could be carved into it without need for iron or steel tools, and it had an attractive finish.

Weight 132.5 g
Dimensions W 3.9 x H 6.5 cm



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