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.
- Ancient Eastern Mediterranean
- Aryballos (Container for Oil)
- 590 BC–400 BC
- Glass, core-formed technique
- 7.1 × 5.6 × 5.6 cm (2 3/4 × 2 1/4 × 2 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson