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Oil flask (alabastron)

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Small, uneven, slightly inward sloping rim disk; smooth transition from neck to body; elongated ovoid body, expanding towards the midsection then tapering towards the bottom; two small opposing handles; rounded base. Dark blue with trails of yellow and white. Lower body broken and repaired.


According to MFA file card: from Teanakaleh, mouth of Dardanelles; by date unknown: Thomas Gaffield Collection; gift of Thomas Gaffield to MFA, April 9, 1886.

Credit Line

Gift of Thomas Gaffield

Greek, East Greek, Archaic or Classical Period, Late 6th–5th century B.C.


Height: 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Glass, core-formed with applied decoration


The Ancient World