Probably Phoenician / Glass alabastron / late 8th?6th century B.C.Probably Phoenician
Glass alabastron
late 8th?6th century B.C.

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Creator Nationality: European; Mediterranean; Phoenician
Creator Name-CRT: Probably Phoenician
Title: Glass alabastron
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 0
Creation Date: late 8th?6th century B.C.
Creation Place: From Cyprus
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: glass
Dimensions: H. 7 1/16 in. (17.9 cm), D. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Description: Although the making of glass vessels first arose in Mesopotamia and Egypt in the Late Bronze Age, during the subsequent "dark age" (1200?900 B.C.), very little, if any, glass was produced. When the glass industry revived in the later part of the eighth century B.C., new centers of manufacture emerged in Phoenicia and Assyria. Their products are markedly different from Late Bronze Age glass. One major advance was the production of naturally colored cast vessels, like this alabastron. Such glass vessels , while still luxury items, were a cheaper alternative to ones made from materials such as rock crystal or obsidian. The technique was probably developed by Phoenician craftsmen who progressed from casting inlays; their skill in carving semiprecious stone was also transferred to the working and decorating of glass. The closed forms, such as this alabastron , were cast as solid blanks, then cut down, drilled, and polished to achieve their final shapes. Although surviving examples are relatively few in number, they have been found across the ancient world from Assyria to Spain, as Phoenician merchants doubtless played a part in their wide distribution .
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 74.51.312
Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874-76
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Archaic
AMICA ID: MMA_.74.51.312
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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