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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Late Classical or Hellenistic
mid-4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean or Italian
Glass; core-formed, Group II
H.: 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque white (appearing very pale greyish blue) and opaque yellow.
Rim-disk; tall cylindrical neck; sloping shoulder; slightly bulbous cylindrical body; small convex bottom; on body, two large lug handles, applied over trail pattern, both with tooled upward indents.
A white trail applied to neck and wound spirally down across body, ending in circle around bottom; another yellow applied to rim-disk and trailed down across neck and upper body over white trail, tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern with shallow vertical ribbing around middle of body, then continuing in uneven horizontal lines and ending with a thick blob spiral around base of body.
Broken and repaired; most of rim-disk and part of neck missing, one large crack with losses around body, and one large hole around bottom; dulling, some pitting, and iridescent milky weathering.
Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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