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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

late 6th–5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
H.: 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Opaque white, with handles in same color; trails in translucent purple.
Broad rim-disk, with radiating tools marks on upper surface and small mouth; short cylindrical neck; narrow sloping shoulder; straight-sided body with upward taper; convex bottom; below shoulder, two vertical ring handles with knobbed tails applied over trail decoration.
One trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another applied as an irregular loop over neck and top of body and wound down in spiral six times, then tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern around middle of body; below this, a third fine trail wound twice horizontally around body.
Intact, apart from minor chips in trail on rim-disk; slight dulling and pitting, and most of body covered with creamy iridescent weathering.
Said to be from Attica (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. I, 6)

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.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. pp. 37 n. 5, 78, 138, pl. 1.6, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

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.

Fossing, Poul. 1940. Glass Vessels before Glass Blowing. pp. 51 n. 4, 60 n. 3, Copenhagen: Ejnar Munksgaard.

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