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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

2nd–mid 1st century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group III
H.: 5 1/16 in. (12.8 cm) Diam.: 1 9/16 in. (3.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent deep purple, with lighter, reddish streaks; handles in translucent dark blue; trails in opaque white and another in now indeterminate color.
Thick, almost horizontal rim-disk; cylindrical neck; straight-sided fusiform body expanding downward, then tapering in to pointed bottom; two horizontal lug handles applied over trail at top of body, one slightly higher than the other.
Trails attached at bottom, drawn up in a spiral to point of carination, tooled into a festoon pattern with thirteen upward strokes, wound round again in spiral to top of body, with white trail ending in a backward loop.
Broken around top of neck with almost half of rim-disk missing, and one trail completely weathered, leaving only indentation in body; dulling, severe pitting and weathering, and faint iridescence.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 27, p. 9, pl. 5.4.

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