Ancient Greek Coreformed Glass Very nice example of Green Color Alabastron. 13,5 cm H.

Ancient Greek Coreformed Glass Very nice example of Green Color Alabastron. 13,5 cm H.
c. 6th - 4th century BC

Coreformed Glass Albastron.

- Very nice color -

c. 6th - 4th century BC

13,5 cm Height.

Condition: Unrestored.

Documents: Export license issued by the Ministery of Culture.

Provenance: Old privacte collection M.L., Toulouse, France. Before 1983.

Although the name of the vase is derived from a form of Greek ceramic, the same vessel has been made in bronze, stone and glass paste. It was used in antiquity to hold oils, especially perfumed oils for massages. The objects made from glass paste belonged to the most well-to-do strata of society and were considered to be luxury objects, and as such were exported and traded all around the Mediterranean.

Core-forming is the manufacturing technique devised to make glass vessels. It remained the most common method of making small bottles and other glass containers for over fifteen hundred years, until the late Hellenistic period. In this procedure, a removable core of material – probably a combination of clay, mud or sand and an organic binder – is built up around a metal rod the shape of the hollow of the desired vessel. The core is then covered in some fashion with hot glass, and threads of glass are trailed over the core as it is rotated. Next, the vessel is repeatedly reheated and marvered on a flat stone slab. Decoration in the form of threads or blods may then added and pressed into the surface by marvering, usually after being combed or dragged by a bronze pin or hook into feather, festoon, upright festoon or zigzag patterns. Unless repeatedly reheated and marvered, vertical indentations caused by the tooling of the threads can be remain on the body. The metal rod is then removed and the vessel annealed. Afterwards, the core is scraped out, leaving a rough, often grey or reddish interior surface. Rim-disk, handle, pad-base and base-knob are applied separately after further reheating. One they have been added, it is difficult, or almost impossible, to further marver the vessel, and any additional threads applied to the rim, rim-disk, or base are left unmarvered or only partly marvered.


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The piece includes authenticity certificate.
The piece includes Spanish Export License (Passport for European Union) - If the piece is destined outside the European Union a substitution of the export permit should be requested.

Lot details
Ancient Greek
Coreformed Glass
Very nice example of Green Color Alabastron. 13,5 cm H.
Century/ Timeframe
c. 6th - 4th century BC
Good Condition, See Photo
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