- Museum number
Core-formed glass alabastron.
Opaque orange and opaque light blue trails, translucent cobalt blue body and handles. One handle embellished with light blue vertical trail.
Broad horizontal rim-disc, tool-marks on upper and under surfaces; short, cylindrical neck; round-angled shoulder; elongated oval body with maximum diameter below the middle; rounded bottom. Below shoulder, two vertical ring-handles with knobbed tails. One handle higher than the other on body.
Unmarvered light blue trail round edge of lip; marvered orange trail dropped on at neck and wound spirally downward to near basal angle; at middle of handles a light blue trail mingles with it for the rest of its course and ends below it. Both trails in straight lines at top and bottom, but in zigzag bands in middle.
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: 3.30 centimetres (body)
Diameter: 2.70 centimetres (rim)
Height: 11.30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Attributed to Fikellura grave 117, 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 blue with yellow and whitish bands (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
- Chip out of rim. Milky to yellowish film all over, with pitting and iridescence, largely obscuring the light blue colour.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: DBH.0058 (Harden number)