Vessel shaped like a truncated cone, with a flat protruding rim, and a gently flared base. Unguent vessels are among the objects commonly taken by the dead for the afterlife. Most commonly made of alabaster, they were sometimes like the present example made of hard stone. A similar-looking sign was used in hieroglyphic writing as a determinative for words meaning unguent or oil. Thus in this case we can deduce the content of this vessel from its shape.
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