A fine-grained variety of gypsum, much used for ornamental articles. The ancients used it for vases which held unguents, in the belief that it preserved them; hence the vases were called “alabasters,” even when made of other material. Such was the “alabaster box of ointments,” with which Mary Magdalene anointed the Saviour.

MLA Citation

  • “alabaster”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 November 2019. Web. 27 November 2021. <>