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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.


1st century



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


Ancient Roman


Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)


Roman Empire (Object made in)

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1 CE–100 CE


Glass, blown technique


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

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