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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group I
Dimensions:
H.: 5 7/16 in. (13.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.306
  • Description

    Translucent dark purple, appearing black, with handles in same color; trails in opaque white and opaque turquoise blue.
    Broad slightly uneven horizontal rim-disk; cylindrical neck with downward taper; rounded shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body with upward taper and curving in at bottom; two vertical ring handles with tails, applied over trail decoration.
    Turquoise blue trail attached at edge of rim-disk; a white trail applied to bottom of neck, wound in a spiral around top of body, then tooled into an irregular, close-set zigzag pattern, with slight vertical ribbing around sides.
    Broken and repaired, with most of bottom and part of lower body missing, several holes and chips in lower body, and knobs at bottom of handle tails also missing; dulling, pitting, and iridescent weathering.

  • Provenance

    Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.

  • References

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 215-16.

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