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Oil flask (alabastron)

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Broad, horizontal rim dask; cylindrical neck; angular shoulder; nearly straight sides, expanding slightly toward the bottom; two opposing small ring handles on upper body; rounded base. Dark blue with trails of white and yellow. Body intact; rim partially broken.


From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); found in river bed, washed out from some tomb by the spring freshet of1883: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America

Greek, East Greek, Hellenistic Period, mid-4th–late 3rd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Egypt (probably)


Assos (Behramkale), Troad, Anatolia (Turkey)

Catalogue Raisonné

Ancient Glass (MFA), no. 03.


Height x diameter (max.): 13.8 x 3.5 cm (5 7/16 x 1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass, core-formed with applied decoration


The Ancient World