Oil flask (alabastron)

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

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Possibly from Rhodes


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass; Core-formed

Not On View


The Ancient World



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.


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

Credit Line

Gift of Frederick L. Jack