- Museum number
Core-formed glass alabastron.
Opaque orange and opaque light blue trails, translucent dark blue body and lug-handles. Horizontal rim-disc with tool-marks on upper and under surfaces; high, cylindrical neck with downward taper; pronounced angular shoulder; short, straight-sided body with wide expansion downward to sharp basal angle; shallow, convex bottom. Two ring-handles with well-formed, pointed tails. Lugs 4 cm below rim.
Continuous orange and light blue marvered trails dropped on at rim, whence they wind in five very thin spiral revolutions to just above level of lugs; from here to the carination the trail changes to a finely-made feather pattern of four vertical panels; below carination they wind in a thick, fivefold spiral to end in a fine thickened curl on bottom.
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. Thin tails of glass have adhered to the vessel as waste from drawing on the lugs.
- Production date
- 150BC-50BC (circa)
Diameter: 3.20 centimetres (max)
Height: 11.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- BM Glass
Murray et al 1900, 124. Masterpieces 1968, 24, no. 18.
- On display (G72/dc10)
- Intact. Incipient milky weathering in parts with some iridescence, but surface mostly retains pristine sheen.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: DBH.0119A (Harden number)