Container for Holy Oils, carved 500–700
Bone decorated with engraving and pigment; Overall 3 1/2 x 4 7/16 x 1 3/4 in. (8.9 x 11.3 x 4.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1965 (65.68.2)
This portable container for holy oils is decorated with incised circular patterns, some of which may have a cosmological meaning. Used for both baptisms and confirmations, the container could also be suspended from a chain worn around the neck.