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Oil flask (alabastron)

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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

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


Assos (Behramkale), Troad, Anatolia (Turkey)

Place of Manufacture

Probably Rhodes, Greece

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


The Ancient World