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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 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.317
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent light blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow.
Broad flat rim-disk; short slightly slanting cylindrical neck; narrow rounded shoulder; straight-sided body with upward taper; convex bottom marked by irregular tooling indents; below shoulder, two vertical ring handles with knobbed tails applied over trail decoration; one slightly larger than the other.
One trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another applied as a thick blob at top of body and wound down in spiral four to five times, then tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern around the central part of body; below this, a third trail wound two and a half times horizontally around lower body.
Complete, except for weathered hole in neck and crack around bottom; slight dulling and pitting, and most of body, especially the trails, covered with creamy iridescent 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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