Alabastron

DEFINITION

A container for perfumed oil that takes its name from alabaster, the material from which the original Egyptian examples were made. Greek artists adopted the Egyptian alabastron's form in the 600s BCE, but made the vessel in a variety of materials. Among the other types of Greek vases are the amphora, hydria, kantharos, krater, kyathos, kylix, lekythos, oinochoe, pelike, phiale, pinax, pithos, pyxis, and rhyton.An example: Greek (Seleucid or Ptolemaic), 2nd century BCE, Faience Alabastron, glazed terra cotta, height 9 1/16 inches (23 cm), J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA.Also see Greek art and Roman art.

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