Culture: EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN. Date: 6TH - 4TH CENTURY BC. Origin: PHOENICIAN. Material: CORE FORMED GLASS. Provenance: EX: EARLY PRIVATE COLLECTION. Condition: INTACT, SUPERB, WITH CUSTOM BASE STAND. Measurements: 3.5 INCHES HIGH, (8.9 CMS). An exceptional example of early core formed glass, with cylindrical body and rounded base, the short neck with flattened and splayed rim, the shoulder with twin pierced ring handles with flaring trails, the aubergine body matrix is decorated with beige white wavy trails and so is the rim. Cf: For an almost identical example, see lot # 19, Sotheby's Parke Bernet Ancient Glass Auction for The Constable-Maxwell Collection of Ancient Glass, 4/5 June 1979. See also no's 80-91, pp. 138-141, Mediterranean cire-formed bottles, group I, Early Ancient Glass, The Toledo Museum of Art, Core Formed , Rod-Formed, and Cast Vessels and Objects from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Roman Empire, 1600 BC to AD 50, D. Grose. For another almost identical alabastron, See also lot 294, Bonham's London Antiquities Auction, 28 October 2009, (sold for 9,360 English Pounds). Our vast inventory of ancient art includes one of the finest and most comprehensive ancient glass collections ever assembled; it includes nearly every variety of pre-Roman, Roman, and eastern Mediterranean ancient glass. If you have any specific inquiries, please let us know.