Alabastron with relief decoration
Vessel for unguents with a narrow base and body slightly flaring upwards, with impressed decoration on one side; a small handle at the back. The lower body features a decoration of fan-shaped acanthus leaves. A relief band with ends hanging on both sides of the shoulders. Next to it, there is a garland of flowers on which the crown of Isis (the goddess of maternity, the patroness of families) was placed, the basileion – two ostrich feathers with a sun disc on the cow’s horns. Earthenware alabastra have been known since the early Hellenistic Period; they may have served as ex-vota offered by newlyweds to Isis. This particular alabaster is a later version of this type of vessel, although specimens with the same decoration but of a slightly different shape have been found by the Polish archaeological mission at Tell-Atrib in the Nile Delta in layers from the 2nd century BC.