- Museum number
Core-formed glass alabastron.
Opaque orange and opaque light blue trails, translucent dark blue body and handles.
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.
Unmarvered light blue trail at edge of lip; another, marvered, dropped on at shoulder and wound spirally round vessel, at first in straight lines, then, at middle of body, in zigzags, where a light blue trail begins, mingling with it. Below, a twofold orange horizontal trail with overlapping ends.
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
Height: 8 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Attributed to Fikellura grave 189, based on evidence from Biliotti's marking on the object (grave number on label), Biliotti's Kamiros diary, British Museum register, departmental Kamiros index card. Description in Biliotti's Kamiros diary: Glass phiale – blue yellow, green and white (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
- Rim, neck and shoulder missing. Some lime-encrustation. Surface dulled, with much weathering which obscures the light blue colour, except in a few places. Raised blob below one handle, dropped on in error, overlain by trails of both colours.
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: DBH.0043 (Harden number)