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Glass perfume bottle

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown
Dimensions:
4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm) Other: 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm) Diam. of rim: 3/4 in. (2 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.27
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent greenish yellow.
Uneven rim folded out, round, and in; cylindrical neck, slightly tooled in around base; elongated piriform body, tapering to solid, drawn-out knob base with tooling indent in one side.
Intact; pinprick bubbles; dulling, deep pitting and weathering, leaving a brilliant iridescent surface on exterior.

Colorless oval blown glass vase with pointed base and slender neck.
From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Idalion (modern Dali)

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. CV, 6, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5376, p. 509, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Vessberg, Olof. 1952. "Roman Glass in Cyprus." Opuscula archaeologica, 7: p. 135, pl. 7.44.

Vessberg, Olof and Alfred Wesholm. 1956. The Swedish Cyprus Expedition, Vol. 4, Pt. 3. p. 158, fig. 48:44, Stockholm: Håkan Ohlssons Boktryckeri.

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