Gold Band Alabastron

Object Name: 
Gold Band Alabastron

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Object Name: 
Gold Band Alabastron
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 9.8 cm; Body Diam: 2.1 cm
Not on Display
25 BCE-99 CE
Credit Line: 
Gift of Carl Berkowitz and Derek Content
Primary Description: 
Probably translucent medium blue glass, bubbly with thick dark iridescent film over entire surface, overlaid with bands of opaque white, translucent deep green and possibly amethyst and colorless glass with shattered gold foil; mosaic glass or ribbon glass technique, probably blown and overlaid. Body of two-part alabastron, broken in half with extensive plaster restoration in tip, lower and upper third of the body; entire surface is covered with undulating bands of alternating colors all of which spiral down to the tip; pattern and color arrangement is completely obliterated by the thick weathering crust on the surface.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Former Collection
Berkowitz, Carl, Source
Content, Derek, Source
Glass from the Ancient World
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Verres Antiques de la Collection R.W. Smith
Musee de Mariemont 1954 through 1954
Gold-Band Glass: From Hellenistic to Roman Luxury Glass Production (2019) p. 142 (H29, not ill.);
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, p. 208, #585, pl. 42; BIB# 29547