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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

late 6th–5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
H.: 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque white.
Narrow, inward-sloping rim-disk, with outsplayed rounded edge; short cylindrical neck with tooled indent around base; very small angular shoulder; convex sides to cylindrical body, tapering upwards; convex bottom; two vertical ring handles with knobbed tails, applied over trail decoration.
A yellow trail attached at edge of rim-disk; a white trail applied on upper body, wound down, tooled into an inverted festoon pattern, with ten irregular downward strokes mixing and blurring trails with blue ground.
Intact; some dulling and encrustation on one side, and faint iridescence.
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