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‘Leave a light on’ photographic print of an alabaster jar


  • Decorative print of a beautiful ancient Egyptian alabaster jar, associated with warmth, domesticity, unity and protection
  • Available as a mounted print in three sizes
  • Shipped worldwide


Warmth, domesticity, unity, protection

This alabaster jar would have been used by ancient Egyptians to store sweet-smelling perfumes or oils. The shape of the jar is reminiscent of the Xnm (khenem) hieroglyph, a word which could mean to unite, join, enclose or protect. It was also the hieroglyph used to write the name of the creator god Khnum, a ram-headed god with immense creative powers, who fashioned mankind out of clay on his potter’s wheel. Because of its semi-translucence, when lit from behind, alabaster transforms from a plain, cold, white stone into a piece of beauty and warmth.

This small jar, only around 15 centimetres tall, is part of the collection at the Garstang Museum of Archaeology in Liverpool. Its original provenance – where it comes from, and when – is, unfortunately, unknown; all we know is that it comes from Egypt.


All images are made to order and are printed and mounted by a Liverpool-based independent art printer. Images are printed on a fibre-based paper using pigment inks. Both paper and ink are of archival quality, meaning they’ll last much longer than normal photographic prints.

Prints come mounted but not framed. Mounted sizes fit standard frames available from stores such as Amazon, and come in the following measurements:

  • Small prints have a mounted size of 18 cm x 24 cm
  • Medium prints have a mounted size of 30 cm x 40 cm
  • Large prints have a mounted size of 40 cm x 50 cm
  • Delivery time for prints in the UK is around 5–10 working days
  • Outside the UK is dependent on international delivery times



Finally, if you don’t see what you want, such as other mount colours, you would like your print unmounted, or you’d like it in another format (mug, t-shirt etc), please drop me a line at julia@retrograde.photography.


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Small, Medium, Large

Mount colour

Black, White


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