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Glass alabastron (perfume bottle)

Translucent cobalt blue, with one handle in dark almost opaque brownish purple and the other in opaque yellow; trails in opaque yellow and opaque white.

Horizontal rim-disk with rounded edge and radiating tooling marks on upper surface; concave cylindrical neck; straight-sided fusiform body with rounded profile expanding downward, then tapering in to pointed bottom with undercurve flattened on one side; two horizontal lug handles applied at top of body over trails, the yellow one higher and more pronounced; small irregular blob of opaque white applied over trails and projecting from side slightly above point of greatest diameter.

White trail applied near bottom, wound upwards in a spiral to c ...
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2nd–mid-1st century B.C.
Glass; core-formed, group iii
11.4 x 4.1cm
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018

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