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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

2nd–mid 1st Century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group III
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 171
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in opaque white; trail in opaque greyish light blue.
Inward-sloping rim-disk with thick rounded edge; slender cylindrical neck, slanting to one side and flaring at base; straight-sided fusiform body expanding downward, then tapering in to pointed bottom; two large horizontal lug handles applied over trail at top of body.
Trail applied near bottom, wound upwards in a spiral to carination, tooled into a close-set feather pattern around side, arranged in nine panels of alternating upward and downward strokes, then wound again in a spiral up neck and unevenly around rim, and trailed off vertically downwards across neck to top of body.
Broken and repaired, with three holes in middle of body; dulling and pitting, with faint iridescent weathering.
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