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Egyptian Alabaster

November 9th, 2017 | Ira Jacknis | Focus on the Collection

Alabaster jar, with final wax polish. Cat. No. 5-11383.

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Drill bits, hand-forged iron, used for drilling centers out of alabaster vessels. Cat. No. 5-11365a,b.

Upon their return, the archaeologists examined the museum’s collection of ancient specimens, collected by George Reisner in the early 20th

Worker using small pieces of sandstone to give a final smoothing to a vessel in 1972

The team was also able to estimate how the contemporary industry might have differed from that in ancient times. After a decline of about 2,000 years, they estimated that alabaster production had been revived relatively recently, perhaps in the early 19th

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