Glass unguentarium (perfume bottle)

Greek, Eastern Mediterranean, possibly Alexandrian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 158

Translucent cobalt blue, with opaque turquoise blue handles, rim-disk, and pad-base; trails in opaque white and yellow.
Turquoise blue trail applied as outsplayed rim-disk around rounded top of neck; tall, slender neck, tapering slightly downward; steeply sloping shoulder; elongated piriform body, tapering downward to applied; small pad-base with uneven flat bottom; two small loop handles applied to edge of shoulder and top of body with everted upward angle.
White and yellow trails attached at top of neck and wound down as alternate spiral lines, tooled into a festoon pattern round upper half of body, with twelve upward tooling strokes.
Complete except for part of rim-disk and weathered chip in pad-base; one large pitted hole on edge of shoulder; some dulling and pitting, especially of turquoise blue additions, and slight weathering of trail decoration.

Glass unguentarium (perfume bottle), Glass, Greek, Eastern Mediterranean, possibly Alexandrian

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.