Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)
- late 6th–5th century B.C.
- Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
- Glass; core-formed, Group I
- H.: 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
- Accession Number:
Translucent blue, with handles in opaque yellow; trails in opaque yellow.
Broad flat rim-disk with rough edge to mouth; very short concave cylindrical neck; narrow uneven shoulder; straight-sided body with upward taper; convex bottom, slightly flattened to one side; below shoulder, two vertical ring handles with knobbed tails applied over trail decoration; one slightly higher than the other.
One trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another applied at top of body and wound down in spiral six times, then tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern around the central part of body, formed by shallow vertical tooling indents; below this, trail wound twice horizontally around lower body.
Intact, except for knob on tail of one handle; slight dulling and pitting, and most of body, especially the trails, covered with creamy iridescent weathering.