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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Early Hellenistic
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group II
H.: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque pale turquoise blue.
Uneven horizontal rim-disk, with radiating tooling marks on upper surface and rough inner edge to mouth; cylindrical, slanting neck; steeply sloping shoulder; slightly bulbous cylindrical body; convex bottom; on body, two lug handles, applied over trail pattern; one with a tooled indent on top, the other flattened into side.
A turquoise blue trail attached at edge of rim-disk, wound round and down in a spiral, forming a band of almost horizontal lines around upper body; a thicker yellow trail added under one handle and wound round middle of body in a spiral over turquoise blue trail; both tooled into an irregular close-set zigzag pattern with upward and downward strokes, forming vertical ribs around body; turquoise trail continueing in a spiral and ending in an almost horizontal line around bottom.
Intact; slight dulling and pitting, faint iridescence and small patches of weathering.
Said to be from Cyprus

Perrot, Georges and Charles Chipiez. 1885. Histoire de l'Art dans l'Antiquité. t. 3, Phénicie, Cypre. pl. VIII.II, Paris: Hachette.

1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 115, pp. 24–5, pl. 18.5.

Fossing, Poul. 1940. Glass Vessels before Glass Blowing. p. 109, Copenhagen: Ejnar Munksgaard.

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