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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Late Hellenistic
2nd–1st century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group III
Overall: 5 7/16 x 1 1/2in. (13.8 x 3.9cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent light blue with greenish tinge; opaque white trails; handles of indeterminate color (blue?).
Uneven, coiled rim-disk with rounded outer lip; fusiform body, with uneven, misshapen sides, expanding downward, then tapering in to pointed bottom; two uneven lug handles applied at top of body over trail with horizontal tooling indents above and below.
Trail applied unevenly around rim and trailed off below; another trail attached near bottom, drawn up in a spiral to point of carination, tooled into an irregular feather pattern around side with six upward and five downward strokes, and wound round again in spiral ending below rim.
Intact; many bubbles; dulling, pitting, and faint iridescence.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5058, p. 506, 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. 466, p. 286, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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