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, usually precious oils or perfumes.
- Ancient Greek
- Alabastron (Container for Scented Oil)
- 500 BCE–480 BCE
- terracotta, decorated in the black-figure on white ground technique
- 16.2 × 6 × 6 cm (6 3/8 × 2 3/8 × 2 3/8 in.)
- Gift of Martin A. Ryerson through the Antiquarian Society