Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

late 6th–5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
3 7/16 × 1 1/2 × 1 1/4 in. (8.8 × 3.9 × 3.2 cm) Diam. of rim: 1 3/8 in. (3.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
Opaque white, with handles in same color; trails in translucent purple.
Broad, flat rim-disk with tooling marks on upper surface; short cylindrical neck; narrow rounded shoulder; straight-sided body with slight 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 on neck and wound down in spiral on upper body, then tooled into a zigzag pattern around middle of body; below this, a third fine trail wound twice horizontally around body.
Intact, but internal cracks around lower body; pitting of surface bubbles, patches of limy encrustation, and faint iridescent weathering.
Said to be from Attica (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. I, 5)

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. 1.5, 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.

Goodyear, William H. 1885. "The Charvet Collection of Glass." American Journal of Archaeology, 1(2/3): p. 167, pl. 8.1.

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

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 152, pp. 137, 434, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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