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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.

Date:

late 6th/5th century BCE

Artist:

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.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 151

Culture

Ancient Eastern Mediterranean

Title

Aryballos (Container for Oil)

Origin

Rhodes

Date

590 BC–400 BC

Medium

Glass, core-formed technique

Dimensions

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

Reference Number

1941.1083

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