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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Period:
Classical
Date:
late 6th–5th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; core-formed, Group I
Dimensions:
H.: 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.800
  • Description

    Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
    Broad, inward sloping rim-disk, with radiating tool marks on upper surface and uneven edge around mouth; short cylindrical neck with downward taper; narrow rounded shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body, tapering upwards; convex bottom; two vertical ring handles with knobbed tails, applied over trail decoration.
    Turquoise blue trail attached at edge of rim-disk; a yellow trail applied on underside of rim-disk and wound down in a spiral to middle of body, then tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern; a turquoise blue trail is added, mingling with yellow; immediately below zigzag, another yellow trail and another turquoise blue trail are wound horizontally once around body.
    Intact; dulling and milky iridescent weathering.

  • References

    Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan, 71. Paris, no. 6, p. 5, pl. 2.3.

    Neuburg, Frederic. 1949. Glass in antiquity. London: Salisbury Square, no. 19, pl. VII (bottom row, on left).

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