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"Alabastron" with Silver Case

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Description In the early Roman period, glass was a precious material ranked alongside gold, silver, and gems. It was often combined with precious metals for a luxurious effect. To create this "alabastron," a vessel for perfumed ointments, glass was blown into a silver case decorated with a head of Pan or a river god on either side.
Provenance [Found in Macedonia]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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late 1st century BC
repoussé and incised silver with gilt, glass
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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H: 3 5/8 × Diam: 1 1/4 in. (9.2 × 3.2 cm)
  • Macedonia (Place of Discovery)

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