Oil flask (alabastron)

Greek, East Greek
Late Archaic or Early Classical Period
about 500–475 B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Greece, Possibly from Rhodes

Dimensions

Height: 12.6 cm (4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

35.1442

Medium or Technique

Glass; Core-formed

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Glass alabastron composed of a translucent dark blue glass and decorated with trails of opaque yellow on the upper and lower part of the body. The middle of the body has opaque yellow and light blue threads pulled into a tight zig-zag pattern and small, translucent, and blue eared lug handles. Perfume container and most likely placed in a tomb as a valuable grave gift.

Provenance

By 1935: Frederick L. Jack Collection; gift of Frederick L. Jack to MFA, April 18, 1935

Credit Line

Gift of Frederick L. Jack