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Oil flask (alabastron)

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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

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


The Ancient World