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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Early Hellenistic
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group II
H.: 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Translucent pale yellowish green with darker blue green streaks, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
Horizontal rim-disk; tall cylindrical, slanting neck; small sloping shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body, with slight upward taper; convex bottom but with off-center pointed tip; on body, two lug handles, applied over trail pattern; one with a tooled upward horizontal indent, the other with a sideways vertical indent.
On body yellow and turquoise blue trails tooled in six alternating bands into a widely spaced feather pattern with five vertical panels of upward and downward strokes, ending around edge of bottom.
Weathered and encrusted chip in rim; broken and repaired around lower body with one large hole; dulling, slight pitting, and iridescence, with one patch of brownish encrustation on rim-disk and neck.
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