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Aryballos (Container for 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-5th century BCE


Eastern Mediterranean, possibly Rhodes

About this artwork

Containers like this one were used to store precious oils. The flaring rim functioned as an applicator to spread the thick, scented oil over the skin; while the vessel itself was designed to fit comfortably in the user’s hand.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Eastern Mediterranean


Aryballos (Container for Oil)


Ródhos (Object made in)

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590 BCE–400 BCE


Glass, core-formed technique


7.1 × 5.6 × 5.6 cm (2 3/4 × 2 1/4 × 2 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

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