Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Eastern Mediterranean or South Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159

Translucent cobalt blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow, opaque white, and opaque turquoise blue.
Broad rim-disk, formed as a coil with slightly sloping upper surface; cylindrical neck, tapering downward; narrow angular shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body, with slight upward taper and slightly uneven surface; convex bottom; below shoulder, two vertical ring handles, with trailing tails, applied over trail pattern.
A fine yellow trail attached at edge of rim-disk and wound round twice; on body, alternating bands of yellow, white, and turquoise blue, tooled from shoulder to undercurve at bottom into a close-set feather pattern in eight vertical patterns with alternating upward and downward strokes, forming rounded loops at top and bottom.
Intact, except for small weathered chip in rim-disk; dulling, pitting, and large areas of iridescent weathering, with some small patches of limy and black encrustation.

Glass alabastron (perfume bottle), Glass, Eastern Mediterranean or South Italian

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.