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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
3rd–2nd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group III
Dimensions:
H.: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.308
Not on view
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow.
Uneven, almost horizontal rim-disk, with rounded edge; cylindrical neck; small, sloping shoulder; cylindrical body, with slightly convex sides, tapering in to uneven rounded bottom; two horizontal lug handles applied over trail at top of body.
Two trails applied around edge of rim-disk, wound down in a spiral, both tooled into a feather pattern on body in five panels of alternating upward and downward strokes, then trailed off on bottom.
Intact, but with parts of trails completely weathered, leaving only indentation in body; dulling, severe pitting and weathering, and faint iridescence.
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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