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Glass perfume bottle

Early or Mid Imperial
1st–2nd century A.D.
Glass; blown
4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm) Other: 2 1/16 in. (5.3 cm) Diam. of rim: 3/4 in. (2 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless but with prominent purple streaks.
Rim folded out, over, and in, and pressed flat around mouth but aslant to neck; tall, slender, cylindrical neck, with tooled indent around base; conical sides to body, curving in to flat but uneven bottom.
Two faint horizontal lines around upper part of body.
Intact; a few bubbles, glassy inclusions, and blowing striations; dulling and faint iridescent weathering on exterior, some thicker, enamel-like weathering on interior.

Conical lavender blown glass vase with long slender neck.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5143, p. 509, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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