- Museum number
Core-formed glass alabastron.
Opaque white trails, translucent dark blue body and handles.
Narrow rim-disc, bevelled inward, tool-marks on upper and under surfaces; no recognisable 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 white trail round edge of lip. Marvered white trail dropped on shoulder and wound down spirally to basal angle in eight vertical panels of inverted festoons.
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: 8.70 centimetres
Weight: 45 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Attributed to Fikellura grave 206, based on evidence from Biliotti's Kamiros diary, Kamiros tomb list, British Museum register, departmental Kamiros index card. Description in Biliotti's Kamiros diary: Glass phiale reeded – blue with white bands (1 fragment). No marking of grave number visible on the object itself.
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
- Exhibition history
2018 May-Sep, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of History, An Age of Luxury
2019 Apr-Aug, Barcelona, CaixaForum, An Age of Luxury
2019-2020 Sep-Jan, Madrid, CaixaForum, An Age of Luxury
2020 Feb-May, Seville, CaixaForum, An Age of Luxury
- Minor chip out of rim. Surface dulled with some pitting, especially on trails.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: DBH.0074 (Harden number)