Oil flask (alabastron)
1st century B.C.
Ancient Glass (MFA), no. 16; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 139.
Height: 17.9 cm (7 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Glass, cast, gold-band mosaic
Not On View
Slightly pointed base; nearly vertical sides. Undulating lines of blue and green interspersed with bands of gold leaf embedded within colorless glass. The neck and mouth of this flask were made separately and could be removed.
By date unknown: Count Michel Tyszkiewicz Collection; 1898: auction of the M. Tyszkiewicz Collection, Hotel des Commissaires-Priseurs, 9 rue Drouot, Paris, June 8-10, lot 59 (Palestrina); 1898: with Edward Perry Warren; 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for
$ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund