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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

2nd–mid 1st century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group III
Height: 4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm) Diameter: 1 1/2 × 7/8 in. (3.8 × 2.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque white.
Rim-disk with thick rounded edge, uneven with radiating tooling marks on upper surface and projecting jagged inner edge to mouth; straight-sided fusiform body expanding downward, then tapering in to pointed bottom; two horizontal lug handles applied over trail at top of body, one slightly higher than the other.
Thick trail applied around rim; another trail attached at bottom, drawn up in a spiral to point of carination, tooled into a festoon pattern on side with twelve upward strokes, and wound round again in spiral ending on rim.
Intact; some dulling, a few deep pitting holes, and faint iridescence.
Said to be from Corinth (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. I, 3)

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. 37-38 n. 5, 78, 138, pl. 1.3, 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.

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