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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

2nd–mid-1st century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group III
H.: 4 11/16 in. (11.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent deep turquoise blue, with handles in same color; trail in opaque white.
Moderately broad rim-disk, sloping inward, with projecting jagged inner edge to neck; slender cylindrical neck, expanding downwards; straight-sided fusiform body expanding downward, then tapering in to pointed bottom; two lug handles applied over trail at top of body.
Trail attached near bottom, drawn up in a spiral to point of carination, tooled into a close-set feather pattern around side, arranged in uneven panels of alternating eight upward and seven downward strokes, then tooled into a narrow band of festoons, and wound round again in spiral ending on outer lip of rim.
Intact; dulling, pitting, faint iridescence, and patches of thick brown weathering.
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