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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
H.: 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Uncertain, appearing opaque black, with handles in same color; trails in opaque turquoise blue.
Broad horizontal rim-disk with rounded, raised lip around mouth; slanting cylindrical neck, tapering downwards; narrow rounded shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body; lopsided convex bottom; two large vertical ring handles with knobbed tails, applied over trail decoration; one longer than the other.
A trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another trail applied to top of body, wound in a close-set, regular spiral down body, ending around bottom.
Intact; some limy encrustation down one side, and rest covered with iridescent creamy white weathering.
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