Perfume Bottle

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Object Name: 
Perfume Bottle
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 9.8 cm, Diam (body): 2.4 cm
On Display
25 BCE-99 CE
Primary Description: 
Translucent medium blue glass, bubbly with thick iridescent film and incrustation, overlaid with bands of medium bluish-green backed with opaque white, colorless glass with shattered gold foil, medium blue and opaque white; mosaic (ribbon glass) technique, probably blown and overlaid. Body of two part alabastron, upper section broken, body spreads down and out before tapering down into a base with a rounded point; entire surface is covered with undulating bands of alternating colors all of which spiral down to the point; pattern of bands is not fixed but is generally a wide blue-green backed with opaque white followed by thin band of blue, opaque white, and blue followed by a wide band of colorless with fractured gold foil trapped beneath; this pattern is repeated almost three complete times.
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
Puy-Aubert, Dr. A., Former Collection
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) illustrated, p. 137, pl. II (H14);
Things that travelled : Mediterranean glass in the first millennium CE (2018) illustrated, p. 31 (fig. 2.4);
Richards Complete Bible Dictionary (2002) illustrated, p. 748; BIB# 73428
The Revell Bible dictionary (1990) illustrated, p. 748; BIB# 65501
Pre-Roman and Early Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1979) illustrated, pp. 207-208, #584, pls. 31, 42; BIB# 29547
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 88-89, #146; BIB# 27315