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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

5th century B.C.
Greek, Eastern Mediterranean
Glass; core-formed, Group I
3 5/8 × 1 9/16 × 1 1/8 in. (9.3 × 3.9 × 2.9 cm) Diam. of rim: 1 3/16 in. (3 cm)
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 159
Opaque dark red brown, appearing black, with handles in same color; trails in opaque yellow and turquoise blue.
Broad horizontal rim-disk with beveled edge; short cylindrical neck, tapering upwards; narrow rounded shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body, tapering upwards; convex bottom; two large vertical ring handles with knobbed tails, applied over trail decoration; one longer than the other.
Intermingled yellow and turquoise blue trails attached at edge of rim-disk; a large yellow trail applied unevenly to neck together with a turquoise trail, overlaid on the yellow; both wound in a close-set spiral around body to bottom; yellow trail ending in a swirl on bottom; one small unmarvered blob of red brown on side near handle.
Intact, except for one small chip in underside of rim-disk; some deep weathering of trails on body; dulling and pitting, but very little iridescence.
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