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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

late 6th–5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
H.: 4 5/16 in. (11 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 157
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
Broad, uneven horizontal rim-disk, with slightly raised edge around mouth; short cylindrical neck; 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.
Complete, except for weathered chip in rim-disk; body broken and repaired across handles with slight cracks and chips; dulling and milky iridescent weathering.
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.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215–16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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