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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.


200-150 BCE


Eastern Mediterranean, possibly the Syro-Palestinian region

About this artwork

Vessels of this shape were made over the course of hundreds of years and from a variety of materials. The shape may have originated in Egypt and taken its name from the word alabaster, but it was readily replicated in other materials, including terracotta and glass. The broad rim functioned as an applicator for spreading its contents.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Eastern Mediterranean


Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)


Mediterranean Region (Object made in)

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200 BCE–150 BCE


Glass, core-formed technique


13.1 × 3.4 × 3.4 cm (5 1/8 × 1 3/8 × 1 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

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