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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

late 6th–5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
Overall: 3 13/16 x 1 1/2 x 1 5/16 in. (9.7 x 3.8 x 3.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Opaque white, with handles in same color; trails in translucent purple.
Broad, flat rim-disk; short cylindrical neck; narrow rounded shoulder; straight-sided body with slight upward taper; convex bottom; below shoulder, two large vertical ring handles with vestigial knobbed tails applied over trail decoration.
One trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another applied to neck and wound down in spiral, then tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern around middle of body; below this, a third trail wound twice horizontally around lower body.
Broken and repaired, with parts of lower body missing; dulling and pitting.

These glass vessels with opaque white bodies and purple threads have been found throughout the Greek world, but most examples are from cemeteries and sanctuaries in the eastern Mediterranean.
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