Glass gold-band mosaic alabastron (perfume bottle)

Period: Late Hellenistic

Date: 1st century B.C.

Culture: Greek

Medium: Glass and gold leaf; cast, probably around a rod

Dimensions: 7 1/8 × 7/8 in. (18.1 × 2.2 cm)
Stopper: 1 7/16 × 9/16 in. (3.6 × 1.5 cm)
Diam. of rim: 1 3/16 in. (3 cm)
Length (length without stopper): 5 7/8 in. (15 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.194.286a, b


This cast and carved vessel belongs to a distinctive group of Late Hellenistic containers that comprised a body made of lengths of colored glass and a detachable neck and rim of translucent monochrome glass. The colored bands on the body include ones made of gold leaf sandwiched between layers of colorless glass.