- Museum number
Core-formed glass alabastron.
Opaque light blue and opaque orange trails, translucent dark blue body, opaque orange handles. Body speckled with tiny opaque white spots of scum.
Broad rim-disc, bevelled inward, tool-marks on upper and under surfaces; tallish neck, cylindrical within, but tapering downward on the outside; vestigial round-angled shoulder; elongated oval body with convex sides; rounded bottom. Below shoulder, two vertical ring-handles with knobbed tails.
Unmarvered orange trail round edge of lip. Another, marvered, dropped on at neck and wound down to middle of handles, where an orange trail joins it and both continue together, first in a central band of zigzags and then, near bottom, in a series of straight revolutions, ending at basal angle. Orange trail breaks off near bottom, but blue continues, to mingle, at bottom, with another orange trail in two joint revolutions. The central band of zigzags appears to be separated both from the shoulder trailing and from this lowest band by broad expanses of the dark blue ground, but the upper expanse is crossed by thin trails of both colours, and the lower by a thick trail of light blue.
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.
- Production date
Diameter: 2.80 centimetres (body)
Diameter: 2.40 centimetres (rim)
Height: 8.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
For speckling, cf. BM Glass 147.
Attributed to Fikellura grave 227, based on evidence from Biliotti's marking on the object (grave number on label), Biliotti's Kamiros diary, Kamiros tomb list, British Museum register, departmental Kamiros index card. Description in Biliotti's Kamiros diary: Glass phiale reeded blue, green and yellow (1 entire).
Attributions to find-spots are based on (1) Alfred Biliotti’s diary kept during excavations at Kamiros between November 1863 and June 1864, which records the contents of two votive deposits and over 300 graves; (2) entries in the Museum Register, often stipulating the find-spots of individual objects excavated by Biliotti; (3) the Kamiros tomb list, produced around the same time as his entries in the Museum Register. It lists the contents of each grave and votive deposit, along with their corresponding registration numbers; (4) the Kamiros index cards, written by Donald Bailey in the 1960’s. These mainly record the contents of graves from the Fikellura cemetery and are organised according to tomb group. All archives are kept in the Department of Greece and Rome. In addition, Reynold Higgins’ Catalogue of the Terracottas in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1954) has been checked for attributions to the Fikellura cemetery.
- Not on display
- Small chip off rim. Whitish weathering-film, flaking off and leaving pitted and iridescent surface.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: DBH.0078 (Harden number)