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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Period:
Classical
Date:
late 6th–5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group I
Dimensions:
H.: 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1409
Not on view
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque white and opaque yellow.
Thin, inward-sloping rim-disk; tall, slanting, cylindrical neck, with marked horizontal line at base; short, rounded shoulder; elongated oval body with upward taper; convex bottom; below shoulder, two vertical ring handles with knobbed tails, applied over trails.
One white trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another applied below shoudder and wound down in tight spiral on upper part of body, where a second broader trail in yellow is added, mingling with the first, then both tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern around middle of body, formed by uneven shallow vertical tooling indents; below this, white trail continues in an uneven spiral around lower part of body; another white trail applied to outer edge of one handle.
Broken and repaired with numerous holes in body and half of rim-disk missing; dulling, deep pitting and weathering, and faint iridescence.
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