Phoenician Glass Alabastron


A fine Phoenician core-formed glass alabastron featuring a cylindrical body with a rounded base. The shoulders slightly taper in at the neck ending with a large, everted, flat rim. Two small lug handles have been attached on either side of the shoulder. The deep blue vessel is enriched with dragged trailing around the body in white, yellow and blue. Beautiful blue iridescence covers the surface.

Date: Circa 5th century BC
Provenance: Acquired 1980-2015. Ex Abelita family collection.
Condition: Fine condition, chip to rim. Encrustation visible to the surface.

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‘Alabastra’ were popular storage vessels in Ancient Greece, as they were decorative as well as functional. The alabastron was a container for perfumed oils, with its wide rim allowing the precious contents to be dispensed easily in small quantities. Common characteristics include a slim body, narrow neck and out-splayed rim. This shape originated from Egypt and was later adopted by the Greeks. The vessels feel into three different categories, a basic rounded Corinthian shape, a more pointed shape located in Eastern Greek and an Attic type which was the largest with handles and a rounded base.

CS-324To find out more about Roman glass please see our relevant blog post: Ancient Glass and Collecting Roman Glass.

Weight 39.9 g
Dimensions W 2.7 x H 8.8 cm



Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1868,0501.25

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