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Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)

A work made of glass, core-formed technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass, core-formed technique.


late 6th-early 3rd century BCE


Eastern Mediterranean

About this artwork

The flaring rims of these alabastra functioned as applicators to spread the thick, scented oil over the skin. The vessels themselves fit comfortably in the user’s hand.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Eastern Mediterranean


Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)


Eastern Mediterranean Region (Object made in)

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550 BCE–250 BCE


Glass, core-formed technique


10.4 × 2.5 × 2.5 cm (4 1/8 × 1 × 1 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

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