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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

2nd–1st century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group III
H.: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Translucent deep cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trail in opaque yellow.
Broad, uneven, almost horizontal rim-disk, with rounded edge and wide mouth; cylindrical neck, flaring upwards; small, sloping shoulder; cylindrical body, with slightly convex sides; rounded bottom with central prokecting knob; two horizontal lug handles applied over trail at top of body.
Yellow trail attached to rim-disk and wound round edge and down neck in a spiral, tooled into a feather pattern on body in six panels of alternating upward and downward strokes with slightly raised loops around shoulder, ending around bottom.
Broken and repaired with some chips and small holes in body; slight dulling and pitting, with iridescent 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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