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Marbled glass perfume bottle

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
early to mid-1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown, trailed, and marvered
Dimensions:
2 3/8 × 1 1/4 in. (6.1 × 3.2 cm) Lip diameter: 3/4 in. (2 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.195
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent blue and opaque white.
Rim folded out, over, and in, and smoothed into sides of flaring mouth; short, cylindrical neck, expanding downwards to join imperceptibly with ovoid body; flattened, slightly concave bottom. Numerous trails applied to gather and marvered into surface, forming an irregular way pattern extending from rim to bottom.
Intact; some bubbles; deep pitting, dulling, and patches of iridescence and creamy white weathering.

Oval blue and white blown glass marbled perfume bottle.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5762, pp. 512-3, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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