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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

3rd–2nd Century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group III
H.: 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm) Diam.: 1 1/16 x 1 1/8 in. (2.6 x 2.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trail in opaque yellow.
Thick horizontal rim-disk, unevenly shaped with radiating tooling marks on upper surface; cylindrical neck, tapering slightly downward; small sloping shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body; convex bottom; on upper body, two lug handles, applied over trail pattern; one considerably larger than the other.
Trail attached at top of rim-disk, wound spirally round edge, then down across neck, and over body where it is tooled into a close-set feather pattern in five vertical panels of upward and downward strokes, ending around edge of bottom.
Intact; some dulling and iridescent brownish weathering on rim, neck, and upper body.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 37a, p. 11, pl. 7.5, 11.8-9.

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