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:
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.