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Glass rectangular bottle

Mid Imperial
2nd–3rd century A.D.
Glass; mold-blown
Overall: 6 x 3 1/4 x 2 in. (15.2 x 8.3 x 5.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent blue green, with same color handles.
Rim folded out, down, round, and in, and pressed flat on top around mouth; cylindrical neck, expanding downwards; horizontal shoulder with rounded, sloping corners; flat, vertical sides; concave bottom with large circular pontil mark; two broad strap handles, tooled into three ribs on outer surface, attached to outer edge of shoulder on short sides, drawn up vertically, turned in at right angle and trailed onto top of neck and underside of rim.
Molded decoration on bottom comprising a large lozenge enclosing the letters PAVI in retrograde in relief.
One large hole in top of body and part of one handle missing with weathered breaks; dulling, iridescence, and thick limy encrustation on exterior; areas of soil encrustation, weathering, and iridescence on interior.
Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. p. 215-216, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2006. "Roman Mould-Blown Stamped Bottles in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Corpus des signatures et marques sur verres antiques, Vol. 2, Danièle Foy and Marie-Dominique Nenna, eds. p. 454, pl. 5, Aix-en-Provence: Association française pour l'archéologie du verre.

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