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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

2nd–mid 1st century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group III
H.: 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque white and opaque yellow.
Rim-disk, uneven with slight inward taper; short, funnel-shaped cylindrical neck; tall, straight-sided fusiform body expanding downward, then tapering in to pointed bottom; two horizontal lug handles applied over trail at top of body.
White trail attached near bottom, drawn up in a spiral to point of carination; yellow trail attached at carination wound slightly over once round in an upward spiral; both trails then drawn up body, tooled into a festoon pattern with fourteen upward strokes, and wound round again in spiral; yellow ending in a backward loop on top of body, and white ending on lip of rim.
Intact; some dulling, severe pitting, and brilliant iridescent weathering.
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