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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Period:
Classical
Date:
late 6th–5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group I
Dimensions:
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.755
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Opaque dark red brown, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque white.
Slightly uneven horizontal rim-disk, with jagged edge to mouth; short cylindrical neck, tapering downwards; narrow rounded shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body, tapering upwards; convex bottom; two large vertical ring handles with knobbed tails, applied over trail decoration; one higher than the other.
A thick yellow trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another yellow trail applied to base of neck together with a white trail, overlaid on the yellow; both wound in a close-set spiral around body to bottom; yellow trail ending in a swirl on bottom.
Intact; very slight dulling, pitting, and weathering.
Perrot, Georges and Charles Chipiez. 1885. Histoire de l'Art dans l'Antiquité. t. 3, Phénicie, Cypre. pl. IX.III, Paris: Hachette.

1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 43, p. 12, pl. 8.6.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 83-4, fig. 49(3), New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 97, 99, fig. 62, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930[1911]. The Room of Ancient Glass, : p. 9, fig. 6.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 97, 99, fig. 62, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Neuburg, Frederic. 1949. Glass in Antiquity. no. 18, p. 12, pl VI, pl. VI (bottom row, second from left), London: Salisbury Square.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. p. 217, pl. 57i, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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