Alabaster alabastron (perfume vase)
- 5th–4th century B.C.
- Gypsum (alabaster)
- H. 5 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. (13.3 x 4.4 cm)
- Miscellaneous-Stone Vases
- Credit Line:
- The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
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Alabastra are ubiquitous in the Greek world and frequent in neighboring regions, particularly the Levant and Egypt. On Cyprus, stone examples begin during the Archaic period (seventh and sixth centuries B.C.) and become widespread during Classical times. The consistency of the shape makes it difficult to date them and to distinguish local from imported examples. Deposits of alabaster exist on the island. Alabastra served men and women in life and frequently were placed in burials.