Container for Holy Oils

Date: 500–700

Geography: Made in Northeastern France

Culture: Frankish

Medium: Bone, polychromy

Dimensions: Overall: 3 1/2 x 4 7/16 x 1 3/4 in. (8.9 x 11.3 x 4.5 cm)

Classification: Ivories-Bone

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1965

Accession Number: 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 or strap worn around the neck.