Alabastron as a symbol of divine protection
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University of the Aegean
Mustafa, B. Alabastron as a symbol of divine protection. SCIENTIFIC CULTURE, Vol. 1, No 1, (2015), pp. 39-42
In 2009, during the construction of a new campus at the university in Tartous, Syria, a new tomb was discovered. Inside the grave was a sarcophagus with three pieces of alabastron. In this paper we critically discuss the value of this magisterial material and its role in funeral rites. The answer may depend on ritual practice, in which this unique material was used as an aristocratic symbol, and by examining how this remarkable object was used throughout the regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.