Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Greek, Eastern Mediterranean

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156

Semi-translucent olive green, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque turquoise blue.
Broad horizontal rim-disk; cylindrical neck; narrow rounded shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body; convex bottom; two large vertical ring handles with knobbed tails, applied over trail decoration.
A yellow trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another yellow trail applied to top of body together with a turquoise blue trail, overlaid on the yellow; both wound in a spiral around body, tooled into a close-set zigzag pattern with alternate upward and downward strokes, forming vertical ribs on sides; the turquoise blue trail ending in a circle on bottom.
Intact; some surface pitting, but very little weathering.

During the fifth century B.C., the colors of Mediterranean Group I vessels expanded from blue or opaque white to include dark green, golden brown, and opaque brick red.

Glass alabastron (perfume bottle), Glass, Greek, Eastern Mediterranean

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