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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Period:
Late Classical or Hellenistic
Date:
mid-4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean or Italian
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group II
Dimensions:
H.: 4 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (11.5 x 4.5 cm) Diam.: 1 13/16 in. (4.6 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.786
Not on view
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trail in uncertain color (opaque white ?).
Broad horizontal rim-disk, sloping slightly outward; tall cylindrical neck; narrow horizontal shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body, with upward taper; convex bottom; below shoulder, two vertical ring handles, both pierced, with short pointed trails, applied over trail pattern.
A single fine trail wound around body, tooled from top to bottom of body into a close-set zigzag pattern in ten vertical panels with deep vertical indents.
Broken and repaired around lower body, with three large holes; some large white inclusions; dulling, deep pitting, and weathering, leaving little trace of the trail decoration.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 39, p. 11, pl. 7.7.

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