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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Period:
Late Hellenistic
Date:
2nd–1st century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group III
Dimensions:
H.: 5 1/16 in. (12.8 cm) Diam.: 1 7/16 x 1 1/4 in. (3.6 x 3.1 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.599
  • Description

    Translucent blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque white.
    Broad rim-disk, uneven and sloping inward with radiating tooling marks on upper and lower surfaces, and jagged, projecting inner lip to neck; cylindrical neck; straight-sided fusiform body expanding downward, then tapering in to pointed bottom; two elongated horizontal lug handles applied at top of body over trails; marvered blob of blue applied over trails on one side at point of greatest diameter.
    Trails attached near bottom, drawn up in a spiral to point of carination, tooled into a close-set feather pattern around side, arranged in seven panels of alternating upward and downward strokes, some slanting and extending onto neck, forming a partial festoon pattern, wound round again in spiral to top of body and on to edge of rim, with white sometimes overlapping yellow.
    Intact; some bubbles; very slight dulling, pitting, and iridescent weathering.

  • References

    Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan, 71. Paris, no. 67, p. 16-7, pl. 12.2.

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