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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

late 6th–5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
H.: 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent light blue with greenish tinge, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
Broad flat rim-disk, with radiating tooling marks on upper surface; short cylindrical neck, tapering downwards; narrow uneven shoulder; straight-sided body with upward taper; convex bottom; below shoulder, two vertical ring handles with long knobbed tails applied over trail decoration.
One yellow trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another applied at top of body and wound down in spiral seven times, then tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern around the central part of body; a turquoise blue trail added to zigzag, mingling with yellow trail, midway down body; below this, a third yellow trail wound three times horizontally around lower body.
Complete, except for gash on one side of body; dulling, faint iridescence, and creamy iridescent weathering, mainly on trails.
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