browse these categories for related items...
Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1211055
Biblical Artifacts
View Seller Profile
at The Inbal Hotel, Liberty Bell Park, 3 Jabotinsky Street
P. O. Box 14646, Jerusalem 9114601, Israel
tel. 972 2 583 7606

Guest Book
c. 37 B.C.- 70 A.D.

This alabastron, or perfume flask, is wheel made and consists of a globular body, a long cylindrical neck and a thick, everted rim. Remnants of black paint are present on rim of the vessel. Found in Bethlehem. In excellent and original condition.

6.1 inches (15.49 cm)

Worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.

Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority.


Noam Adler, “A Comprehensive Catalogue of Oil Lamps of the Holy Land from the Adler Collection”, (Old City Press: Israel, 2004).

Stanislao Loffreda, “Holy Land Pottery at the Time of Jesus”, (Franciscan Press, 2003)


This vessel was used in antiquity for holding oil, most likely in the form of perfume. Similar vessels had been used for millennia prior to the 1st century B.C. and were an ubiquitous part of life throughout the ancient world.