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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Period:
Early Hellenistic
Date:
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group II
Dimensions:
H.: 2 3/4 in. (7.1 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.763
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Semi-opaque cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque white.
Broad horizontal rim-disk, made as a spiral coil around top of neck; short cylindrical neck; narrow sloping shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body; convex bottom; on upper body, two vertical ring handles, pierced, applied over trail pattern.
A trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another trail applied from shoulder to edge of bottom, tooled into a festoon pattern with six upward strokes, forming loops at top of body.
Intact, except for part of trail on rim-disk; dulling, some pitting, and faint iridescent weathering.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 17, p. 7, pl. 4.2.

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