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Oil flask (alabastron)

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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)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

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

Catalogue Raisonné

Ancient Glass (MFA), no. 16; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 139.


Height: 17.9 cm (7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass, cast, gold-band mosaic


The Ancient World