• latw-197-1
    Glass alabastron. (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)
  • latw-197-2
    Glass oinochoe (No. 196), aryballoi (Nos. 198-199), and alabastron (No. 197). (©Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Glass alabastron

Date
Second half of the fifth century BC, Late Lydian (Persian)
Museum
Manisa, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, 9053
Inventory No.
9053
Sardis CATNUM
G03.002
Material
Glass
Object Type
Glass
Site
Sardis
Sector
Tomb 03.1
Trench
Tomb 03.1
Locus
Tomb 03.1 Locus 1
Description
Alabastron of core-formed and trail-decorated translucent dark blue glass. Rounded bottom with slight depression; elongated ovoid body; short neck; horizontal rim with applied trail of opaque yellow glass. Two “duck’s head” handles applied on shoulder. Opaque yellow glass trailed from neck down; bottom register of alternating yellow and light-blue trails is dragged up and down. Two more yellow trails near the base at greatest diameter. Height 0.0926 m, diameter of rim 0.035 cm.
Comments
From the same tomb as Nos. 196-205; see comment on No. 196.
Discussed
Baughan, “Lydian Burial Customs”
Bibliography
Greenewalt 2005, 82-3; forthcoming study by Susanne Ebbinghaus.
Author
NDC