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Glass hydriske (perfume bottle)

3rd century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group II
H.: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque white and opaque yellow.
Horizontal rim-disk, with rounded edge; cylindrical neck, with slight upward taper; broad almost horizontal rounded shoulder; ovoid body; applied circular pad-base, with uneven bottom; on sides of upper body, two small vertical loop handles; strap handle applied at junction of shoulder and body in a pad and pressed on to underside of rim-disk and top of neck.
Unmarvered yellow and white trails attached on shoulder and wound round; both trails tooled in a close-set zigzag pattern with deep vertical ribs over top half of body, then white trail continuing down in a spiral around lower body.
Complete, except for most of one loop handle and strap handle; dulling and pitting, with patches of brownish weathering and faint iridescence.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 80, p. 18, pl. 14.2.

Harden, Donald Benjamin. 1981. Catalogue of Greek and Roman Glass in the British Museum. Vol. 1 Core- and rod-formed vessels and pendants and Mycenaean cast objects, Vol. 1. p. 114, London: British Museum Press.

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