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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Period:
Classical
Date:
late 6th–5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group I
Dimensions:
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.316
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Opaque dark olive green, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
Broad horizontal rim-disk; short cylindrical neck, tapering downwards; barrow angular shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body; convex bottom; two vertical ring handles with small tails, applied over trail decoration.
Yellow trail attached at edge of rim-disk; a second yellow trail applied on top of body and wound down in a spiral, tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern; halfway down pattern a turquoise blue trail is added, mingling with yellow; immediately below zigzag, a third unmarvered yellow trail wound horizontally twice around body.
Intact; dulling, iridescence, and some reddish brown encrustation and 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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