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Glass alabastron (perfumebottle)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 625–600 B.C.
Culture:
Probably Phoenician
Medium:
Glass; cast and cut
Dimensions:
7 in. (17.8 cm) Other: 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm) Diam. of rim: 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.312
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
Coloress with pale greenish tinge.
Rim with everted, beveled, horizontal lip; short, funnel-shaped neck; rounded shoulder; elongated ovoid body; round bottom; on upper body, two solid projecting, semicircular handles, tapering outward, carved from body of vessel.
Broken and repaired with several areas of fill in body; pinprick bubbles; dulling, pitting, and small patches of thick, white weathering.

The alabastron was cast and then ground to its present shape. The Phoenicians were probably important intermediaries in the introduction of glass objects and technology from the Near East and Egypt into Cyprus.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5065, pp. 505, 507, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 309, p. 190, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. and Elisabetta Valtz Fino. 2001. "In "Ars Vitraria: Glass in the Metropolitan Museum of Art": Greek and Roman Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 59(1): p. 19.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 276, pp. 238, 460, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Aruz, Joan, Sarah B. Graff, and Yelena Rakic. 2014. Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age no. 60, pp. 168–69, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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