Core-formed glass alabastron.
Opaque orange and opaque white trails, body and handles opaque dark blue. Speckling, if any, obscured by weathering.
Broad, horizontal rim-disc with tool-marks on upper and under surfaces; high, cylindrical neck with downward taper; pronounced angular shoulder; tall, straight-sided, cylindrical body with faint expansion downward to rounded bottom. Two ring-handles without tails.
Unmarvered orange trail with overlapping ends round edge of lip. Body covered with closely-set feather pattern of marvered spiral trails of orange and white, mainly in alternating groups, in eight vertical panels, which end, at top and at bottom, in eight well-marked loops.
Core-formed; rim-disc and handles trailed on and tooled, the handles formed by drawing upward from a drop-on at bottom and folding inward over a tool to make the ring. Handles dropped on and coiled.
- Excavated/Findspot: Pompeii (said to be from)
- (Europe,Italy,Campania,Naples (province),Pompeii)
- Mediterranean Group 2
- Height: 20 centimetres
- Diameter: 4.6 centimetres (body)
- Diameter: 5.5 centimetres (rim)
This piece, 265-6, and 303 (an oinochoe), all given by Miss Preston, are marked in the register: 'Said to be from Pompeii, but probably from Greek islands'. Since, however, they all belong to types that are predominantly Italian, there is no reason to doubt that they at least come from Campania, if not from Pompeii itself.
Broken and mended; some plaster filling at and near bottom. Thick milky weathering all over, largely obscuring the colours, and flaking off to leave pitted and iridescent surface.
Greek & Roman Antiquities
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