Greek Glass Alabastron
An ancient Greek core-formed glass alabastron with two small lug handles. Blue glass decorated with opaque white trails.
3rd-1st century BC.
Core-formed glass was produced in the ancient Mediterranean between the 6th and 1st centuries BC. The manufacture of a core-formed vessel was relatively simple. A core of organic and inorganic materials, probably a mixture of clay and an organic binder, was made in the shape of the vessel's interior. This was attached to the end of a rod, which was then dipped into molten glass. To finish the vessel after the glass had cooled, the core materials were removed from the interior.
Cf. British Museum of Art, inv. no. 1894,1101.55, excavated on Cyprus.
Formerly in a New York private collection.