Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)
- late 6th–5th century B.C.
- Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
- Glass; core-formed, Group I
- H.: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
- Accession Number:
Translucent light blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow.
Broad flat rim-disk; short slightly slanting cylindrical neck; narrow rounded shoulder; straight-sided body with upward taper; convex bottom marked by irregular tooling indents; below shoulder, two vertical ring handles with knobbed tails applied over trail decoration; one slightly larger than the other.
One trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another applied as a thick blob at top of body and wound down in spiral four to five times, then tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern around the central part of body; below this, a third trail wound two and a half times horizontally around lower body.
Complete, except for weathered hole in neck and crack around bottom; slight dulling and pitting, and most of body, especially the trails, covered with creamy iridescent weathering.