The J. Paul Getty Museum

Alabastron

Object Details

Title:

Alabastron

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Greek

Place:

Eastern Mediterranean (Place Created)

Date:

200–1 B.C.

Medium:

Glass

Object Number:

2003.191

Dimensions:

18.4 × 4.8 cm (7 1/4 × 1 7/8 in.)

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Object Description

Core-formed, dark blue (cobalt) glass alabastron decorated with a vertically combed zig-zag pattern in yellow and occasionally white. Threads of yellow and white circle the upper body, and a thread of white outlines the edge of the mouth. There are two small handles on the upper body. The vessel is intact, but with repaired breaks visible especially around the neck. A small hole is on one side of the neck.

Provenance
Provenance
by 1974 - 1988

Erwin Oppenländer, 1901 - 1988 (Waiblingen, Germany), by inheritance to his son, Gert Oppenländer, 1988.

1988 - 2003

Gert Oppenländer (Waiblingen, Germany), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (November 9, 2005 to July 24, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), November 9, 2005 to August 6, 2006
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (January 11 to April 23, 2007)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), January 11 to April 23, 2007
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (October 8, 2009 to February 22, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), October 8, 2009 to February 22, 2010
Art of Alchemy (October 11, 2016 to February 12, 2017)
  • The Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), October 11, 2016 to February 12, 2017
Bibliography
Bibliography

Saldern, Axel von, et al. Gläser der Antike: Sammlung Erwin Oppenländer, exh. cat. (Hamburg: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, 1974), pp. 73, no. 187; pp. 57, plate no. 187.