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Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)

A work made of glass, core-formed technique.
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  • A work made of glass, core-formed technique.

Date:

200-150 BCE

Artist:

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.

Status

On View, Gallery 151

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Eastern Mediterranean

Title

Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)

Origin

Mediterranean Region

Date

200 BCE–150 BCE

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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