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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Period:
Late Classical or Hellenistic
Date:
mid-4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean or Italian
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group II
Dimensions:
H.: 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.314
Not on view
Translucent blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
Flat rim-disk, slanting slightly to one side; short cylindrical neck; small sloping shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body, with upward taper; uneven convex bottom; on body at different heights, two lug handles, applied over trail pattern; one with trailing tail upwards across body.
A yellow trail applied as a blob at top of body and another trail in turquoise added below, and both trailed down in a spiral and tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern with shallow vertical ribbing, ending in a spiral around edge of bottom.
Complete, but cracked around middle of body; dulling, some pitting, and iridescent brownish 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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