Oil flask (alabastron)

Greek, East Greek
Late Archaic or Classical Period
about 5th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture: Greece, Probably Rhodes; Findspot: Anatolia (Turkey), Troad, Assos (Behramkale), Necropolis

Catalogue Raisonné

Ancient Glass (MFA), no. 04.


Height x diameter: 11 x 3.1 cm (4 5/16 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass, core-formed with applied decoration

On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



Broad horizontal rim disk; short cylindrical neck; rounded shoulder; straight sides expanding slightly toward the bottom; two small ring handles with knobbed tails on upper body; rounded base. Blue with trails of light blue and yellow. Intact.


From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); necropolis. 188?: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 15, 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America