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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Late Classical or Hellenistic
mid-4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean or Italian
Glass; core-formed, Group II
H.: 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent pale honey brown, with handles in darker honey brown; trails in opaque yellow, opaque turquoise blue, and opaque white.
Broad horizontal rim-disk, with radiating tooling marks on underside; cylindrical neck, expanding downwards; narrow sloping shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body, with slight upward taper; convex bottom; below shoulder, two vertical ring handles, not pierced through, with short pointed trails, applied over trail pattern.
Traces of a fine (yellow ?) trail attached to lower edge of rim-disk; on body, alternating bands of yellow, turquoise, and white, tooled from shoulder to undercurve at bottom into a close-set feather pattern in eleven vertical panels with alternating upward and downward strokes.
Broken and repaired around body, with several holes and gaps in joins; dulling, some deep pitting holes, and creamy iridescent weathering.
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