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Carter No.: 261h

Handlist description: Two small alabaster cups (beaker form)

Card/Transcription No.: 261h-1

261 H. Contents of S.E. (small) compartment (see photo.)

Two small alabaster cups (beaker form) one inverted over the other to form a cover. Dimensions. Diameter (outside) Top 7.5 cms: Bottom 3.5 cms: Height 6.8 cms. Contents. The bottom vase contained a very light brown-coloured material in the form of (a) very small tear-shaped particles, (b) thin rods of uniform diameter and (c) powder. Nature of material. The material consists of an intimate mixture of resin (probably gum-resin), common salt, sulphate of soda and a very small proportion of carbonate of soda (natron). It may be either a mixture of resin and salt (the latter contaminated with sulphate of soda and carbonate of soda) or it may be resin mixed with what was intended to be natron but which consisted essentially of salt and sulphate of soda with only a trace of natron. Although the resin when separated burns

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