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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

late 6th–5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
H.: 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Opaque chocolate brown, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
Uneven horizontal rim-disk, with radiating tooling marks on upper surface and rough edge to mouth; off-center cylindrical neck, tapering downwards; narrow rounded shoulder; slightly convex sides to cylindrical body, tapering upwards; convex bottom; two large vertical ring handles with knobbed tails, applied over trail decoration; one tail longer than the other.
Yellow and turquoise trails attached at top of body, wound down in a close-set spiral as alternating lines, tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern; yellow trail ending as a broad spiral on bottom.
Intact; dulling and pitting, and thick creamy weathering with faint iridescence; weathering makes most of trails appear opaque white.
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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