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:

200/150 BC

Artist:

Eastern Mediterranean, possibly the Syro-Palestinian region

About this artwork

Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)
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.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Artist

Ancient Eastern Mediterranean

Title

Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)

Origin

Mediterranean Region

Date

200 BC–150 BC

Medium

Glass, core-formed technique

Dimensions

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

Reference Number

1949.1181

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