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Oil flask (alabastron)

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Slightly pointed base; nearly vertical sides. Undulating lines of vred, white, blue, green interspersed with bands of gold leaf embedded within colorless glass. Mouth and neck restored.

Provenance

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 60 (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)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Greek, Late Hellenistic Period, 1st century B.C.

Dimensions

Height 13.4 cm (5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

98.939

Medium or Technique

Glass, cast, gold-band mosaic

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels