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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.: 4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.115.83
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque white.
Horizontal rim-disk, with thick rounded edge; tall cylindrical neck, tapering upwards; rounded shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body, curving in to convex bottom with slightly pointed tip.
A trail attached at edge of rim-disk; on body, a single trail wound down in a spiral, forming five horizontal bands, at top and bottom as almost horizontal lines but on most of body tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern with alternating upward and downward strokes forming shallow vertical ribs.
Complete but most of trail on rim-disk missing; some dulling, pitting, and faint iridescent weathering.
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