- Museum number
Core-formed glass alabastron.
Opaque orange and opaque white trails, translucent cobalt blue body and handles.
Broad horizontal rim-disc, tool-marks on upper and under surfaces; unusually tall, cylindrical neck; round-angled shoulder; elongated oval body with maximum diameter below the middle; rounded bottom. Below shoulder, two vertical ring-handles with flat, broad tails, with only vestigial end-knobs of a kind related to the duck's-bill tail.
Unmarvered white trail round edge of lip; another, marvered, dropped on shoulder and wound spirally down to basal angle, at top and bottom in straight lines, but combed into zigzags in middle. Four independent orange bands mingle with it, the first and fourth straight, the second and third zigzag.
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: 3.40 centimetres (body)
Diameter: 2.70 centimetres (rim)
Height: 11.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Attributed to Fikellura grave 253, 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 stripes.
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
- Neck and shoulder broken and mended, three chips missing from rim and shoulder. Thick milky weathering, flaking off and leaving pitted, iridescent surface.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: DBH.0057 (Harden number)