Alabastron or Perfume Bottle

Object Name: 
Alabastron or Perfume Bottle

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Object Name: 
Alabastron or Perfume Bottle
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 16.1 cm, Diam: 3.3 cm
On Display
199-1 BC
Primary Description: 
Translucent deep blue glass with opaque white and yellow trail decoration, bubbly with many small bubble holes on surface, thin, highly iridescent film over entire surface; core-formed, trail decorated and tooled. Flared horizontal rim, decorated with wide yellow trail around lip, tapers into long cylindrical neck before spreading out at shoulder and down into a slightly larger long cylindrical body with rounded base; a single trail of yellow runs diagonally down neck and is wound three times on neck and shoulder, three times on upper body before winding diagonally down to form a band of six trails and continues diagonally down to wind around the body three times before terminating at base; an opaque white trail is applied at the lower neck and follows the yellow trail down to the base, all trails are marvered-in and the central register is dragged in a wide feather pattern up and down six times; two small non-functional blobs are applied below the shoulder as decorative handles.
Sangiorgi, Sergio, Source
Sangiorgi, Giorgio, Former Collection
The Fragrant Past: Perfumes of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar
Emory University Museum of Art and Archaeology 1989-04-05 through 1989-06-25
The Fragrant Past (1989) #8; BIB# 24733
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 129, #267; BIB# 29547