© Sadberk Hanım Museum

Name of Object:



Istanbul, Turkey

Holding Museum:

Vehbi Koç Foundation Sadberk Hanim Museum


5th century BC

Type of object:

Glass vessel

Museum Inventory Number:

SHM 7685-HK 3156

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Glass; core-formed


Height: 11.80cm; Diameter rim: 2.50cm

Period / Dynasty:

Greek Archaic Period


East Mediterranean


The alabastron has an everted flat rim, long slender body and rounded base. There is a small lug on either side of the neck. The bottle is made of dark blue opaque glass and the body is decorated with yellow and blue zigzags and lines. There is a yellow band around the rim. Broken pieces have been restored. Most of these types of core-formed glass bottle used for ointments and cosmetics, were produced in the eastern Mediterranean between the 6th and 1st centuries BC. Formerly in the collection of Hüseyin Kocabaş.

Current Owner:

Hüseyin Kocabaş (as a collector)

How date and origin were established:

By stylistic analysis and material dating

How Object was obtained:

Purchased from a private collection.

Selected bibliography:

Akat, Y., Firatli, N. and Kocabaş, H., Hüseyin Kocabas Koleksiyonu Cam Eserler Katalogu / Catalogue of Glass in the Hüseyin Kocabaş Collection, Istanbul: Arkeoloji ve Sanat, 1984: 47, no. 5.
Uberti, M. L., "Glass", in S. Moscati, The Phoenicians, München: Bompiani, 1988: 474-491.
Uygun, D. and Özden Gerçeker, S., Kadim Çağlardan İzler. Sadberk Hanım Müzesi Koleksiyonu / Traces of Ancient Ages. Sadberk Hanım Museum Collection, Istanbul: Sadberk Hanım Museum, Vehbi Koç Vakfı, 2013: 189, no. 93b.

Citation of this web page:

Senem Özden Gerçeker "Alabastron" in MWNF GALLERIES , Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;DGA;tr;Mus42;9;en&id=glass

Prepared by: Senem Özden Gerçeker
Copyedited by: Monica Allen

MWNF Working Number: TUR2_009