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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
H.: 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent light blue, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque white.
Broad horizontal rim-disk, with radiating tooling marks on upper surface; short cylindrical neck; rounded shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body with upward taper; convex bottom; two vertical ring handles with knobbed tails, applied over trail decoration.
Yellow trail attached at edge of rim-disk; a white trail overlaid with yellow wound unevenly around neck and top of body, the yellow trail continuing in a spiral on body; another white trail applied to top of body and wound as a spiral around upper body, forming alternating lines of color with the yellow trail, then both tooled into an uneven, close-set zigzag pattern from middle of body to above bottom, where the trails are again wound horizontally before ending around bottom.
Complete, except for two-thirds of rim-disk and kobbed tail of one handle; dulling, pitting, and faint iridescent weathering.
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