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  • Museum number


  • Description

    Core-formed glass alabastron.
    Opaque orange, opaque white and opaque light blue trails, body and handles opaque dark blue, speckled with many opaque white spots of scum.
    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, white and light blue, mainly in alternating groups, in seven 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.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 400BC-300BC (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • Mediterranean Group 2
  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 17.2 centimetres
    • Diameter: 5 centimetres (rim)
    • Diameter: 4.7 centimetres (body)
  • Curator's comments

    BM Glass

    This piece, BM Glass 266-7, 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.


  • Bibliography

    • Glass 265 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G73/dc47

  • Condition

    Broken and mended; chipped on lip and some of lip-trail missing; much plaster filling on body, with details painted in. Parts weathered and pitted, but elsewhere original surface retains pristine sheen.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


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