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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

late 6th–5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
H.: 3 7/16 in. (8.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in uncertain colors but probably opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
Rounded shoulder; straight-sided body with upward taper; convex bottom; below shoulder, two vertical ring handles with knobbed tails.
One fairly broad trail (in yellow?) applied on shoulder and wound down in spiral, then tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern around middle of body, where a second trail (in turquoise blue?) is added, mingling with the first, formed by uneven shallow vertical tooling indents; below this, another narrow trail (in yellow?) wound horizontally around body.
Broken and repaired, with one large holes in body near bottom; neck and rim missing; dulling, pitting, iridescence, and thick, milky weathering.
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