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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
H.: 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent pale blue green, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
Broad horizontal rim-disk; short cylindrical neck; narrow rounded shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body with upward taper; convex bottom; two large vertical ring handles with knobbed tails, applied over trail decoration.
Yellow trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another yellow trail overlaid with turquoise blue applied under rim-disk, wound down in a spiral, then both tooled into an uneven, close-set zigzag pattern on lower two-thirds of body to bottom, where the trails end in irregular swirls.
Complete, except for most of one handle; dulling, pitting, and iridescent creamy weathering.
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