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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

2nd–mid-1st century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group III
H.: 4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent pale blue with greenish tinge, with handles in same color; trails in opaque white.
Rim-disk with thick rounded edge, uneven and sloping inward, with projecting jagged inner edge to neck; slender cylindrical neck, slanting with body to one side; straight-sided fusiform body expanding downward, then tapering in to pointed bottom; two large horizontal lug handles applied over trail at top of body.
Trail applied unevenly around rim-disk; another trail attached at bottom, drawn up in a spiral to point of carination, tooled into a close-set feather pattern around side, arranged in five panels of alternating upward and downward strokes, and wound round again in spiral ending under rim.
Intact; dulling, pitting, iridescence, and creamy weathering.
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