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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

2nd–mid-1st century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group III
H.: 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque white.
Rim-disk with thick rounded edge, uneven and sloping inward, with projecting jagged inner edge to neck; slender cylindrical neck, slanting to one side; straight-sided fusiform body expanding downward, then tapering in to pointed bottom; two large horizontal lug handles applied over trail at top of body.
Trail wound unevenly around edge of rim; another thick trail attached at bottom, drawn up in a spiral to point of carination, tooled into a close-set feather pattern around side, arranged in five panels of alternating upward and downward strokes, wound round again in spiral, and ending in irregular wavy line on edge of rim.
Intact, but with slight surface chipping; some dulling with creamy weathering and iridescence.
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