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.

Date:

late 6th/early 3rd century BC

Artist:

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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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Eastern Mediterranean

Title

Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)

Origin

North Africa

Date

550 BC–250 BC

Medium

Glass, core-formed technique

Dimensions

11 × 3.9 × 3.2 cm (4 3/8 × 1 1/2 × 1 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1941.1082

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