Alabastron

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Object Name: 
Alabastron
Accession Number: 
54.1.72
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 9.8 cm, Diam (body): 3 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
350-300 BC
Credit Line: 
Gift of I. C. Elston, Jr.
Primary Description: 
Translucent deep blue glass, bubbly, pitted with highly iridescent film on surface, applied trail of opaque white or yellow (?) glass; core-formed, trail decorated and tooled. Rounded rim flared out horizontally bends sharply down into short cylindrical neck, spreads out into long slightly swelling ovoid shape, trail applied at shoulder and wound twenty-three times around body, marvered in with central register dragged alternately up and down twenty-six times, the downward stroke creating a vertical ribbed effect over the surface, a small round blob of glass is applied above the festoon decoration as a decorative handle, presumably a second one was broken away; the vessel terminates in a rounded undecorated base.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Elston, I. C. Jr., Source
1954-09-07
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, pp. 127-128, #263; BIB# 29547
Glass terminology: a German-English Glossary (1967) illustrated, pl. I (right); BIB# 59459
Glass Terminology: a German-English Glossary (1967) illustrated, pl. I (right); BIB# 141372