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Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)

A work made of glass, blown technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass, blown technique.

Date:

1st century

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

Initially affordable among only the wealthy, glass was used widely in the Roman world to create a variety of everyday objects such as those displayed here, including delicate cosmetic containers that held perfumes and oils and various forms of tableware designed for serving food and drink. Glass was also used to imitate precious stones in jewelry.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

1 CE–100 CE

Medium

Glass, blown technique

Dimensions

20.7 × 3.3 × 3.3 cm (8 1/8 × 1 1/4 × 1 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1943.1162

Extended information about this artwork

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