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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

late 6th–5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trail in opaque white.
Inward-sloping rim-disk, with radiating tooling marks on upper surface; cylindrical neck, tapering downwards; small rounded shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body, tapering upwards; convex bottom; two vertical ring handles with knobbed tails, applied over trail decoration, one higher than the other.
A thick white trail applied on neck, wound down across shoulder one and a half times, then tooled into an inverted close-set festoon pattern, with nine downward strokes.
Complete, except for chips in rim and one small hole in upper body; a trail probably decorated the edge of the rim-disk but this is now completely missing, leaving a weathered beveled edge; dulling, 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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