Oil flask (alabastron)

Near Eastern, Phoenician or Assyrian
Late 8th–6th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Ancient Glass (MFA), no. 07.


Height x width: 14.8 x 4.7 cm (5 13/16 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass, cast and cut

Not On View


The Ancient World



Small mouth with outsplayed rim; rounded shoulder; nearly straight sides, expanding slight towards the bottom; two opposing knobby handles on upper body; rounded base. Translucent greenish. Intact, except for minor damage to the rim. Surface heavily corroded and iridescent.


According to MFA Register of Glass 1: from Cyprus; by date unknown: Mrs. S. W. Whitman Collection; gift of Mrs. S. W. Whitman to MFA, June 1887

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. S. W. Whitman