Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

late 6th–5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
5 3/16 × 1 3/8 × 1 3/8 in. (13.1 × 3.5 × 3.4 cm)
Diam. of rim: 1 3/16 in. (3.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
Semi-opaque dark blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque white and opaque yellow.
Slightly inward-sloping, broad, coiled rim-disk; short cylindrical neck; uneven shoulder; elongated oval body with upward taper; convex bottom; below shoulder, two vertical ring handles with knobbed tails, applied over trails, one slightly higher than the other.
A white trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another applied as a thick line over shoulder and wound down in tight spiral on upper part of body; below this four bands of trails tooled into a zigzag pattern, comprising a broader trail in yellow wound horizontally slightly more than once, followed by a thin white trail wound round four times, then another thicker yellow trail wound once round body, and another thin white trail wound seven times; a fifth white trail applied on lower down body and wound round eight times in almost horizontal lines and a thicker yellow trail applied over the top of the white trail in an undulating single line.
Intact; pitting of pinprick bubbles, one patch of dulling and weathering down body, and faint iridescence and encrustation on handles.
Said to be from Corinth (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. I, 4)

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.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. pp. 37 n. 5, 78, 138, pl. 1.4, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

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.

Fossing, Poul. 1940. Glass Vessels before Glass Blowing. pp. 51 n. 6, 63 n. 1, Copenhagen: Ejnar Munksgaard.

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