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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

late 6th–5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
H.: 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Opaque red brown, with handles in same color; trails in opaque white.
Broad horizontal rim-disk; very short cylindrical neck; narrow rounded shoulder; slightly convex sides to body, tapering upwards; convex bottom; two vertical ring handles with knobbed tails, applied over trail decoration.
A trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another trail applied to neck, wound in a spiral around body, tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern with alternate upward and downward strokes, and ending in a circle around bottom.
Broken and repaired, with one chip in rim-disk and several large holes and cracks in body; dulling, pitting, but very little weathering.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 16, p. 7, pl. 4.1, Paris.

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