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Sand-Core Formed Glass Alabastron - X.0617
Origin: Eastern Mediterranean
Circa: 6 th Century BC to 5 th Century BC
Dimensions: 5.75" (14.6cm) high x 1.75" (4.4cm) wide
Collection: Classical
Medium: Glass

Location: UAE
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In the seventh century B.C., the manufacture of sand-core vessels was revived in large scale in Egypt and the Near East. Although the techniques and colours suggest imitations of the New Kingdom vessels, new non-Egyptian forms were introduced to reflect the development of Greek pottery shapes.

The name 'alabastron' is derived from the fact that many similarly-shaped perfume vessels were made from alabaster. This glass example was made by coating a core, probably made of clay mixed with animal dung around the end of a metal rod, with molten glass. This alabastron has a wide everted neck, an elongated ovoid body and a concave base. Attached on the upper part of the body are two small handles. Around the middle of the body is a zig-zag feather-like pattern in alternating white and yellow.

Vessels such as this one were produced until the first century B.C. and were designed to contain perfume and cosmetics. - (X.0617)


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