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Glass square bottle

1st–3rd century A.D.
Glass; mold-blown
Overall: 4 5/16 x 2 1/16 x 2 in. (11 x 5.2 x 5.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent blue green; handle in same color.
Rim folded out, down, round and in, forming a circular constricted mouth with a beveled upper surface; cylindrical but slightly convex neck with a horizontal tooled indent around the base; sloping shoulder with rounded corners; square body with flat sides slightly tapering downward; slightly concave bottom; flattened two-rib handle applied as a long pad to shoulder, drawn up vertically, then bent in and down, and attached to neck with upward trail.
On bottom, pattern in relief from base mold, comprising four small V-shaped brackets at corners, two concentric circles and a central boss; on one side between circles a raised segment, possibly of blurred letters.
Intact; many pinprick and some larger bubbles, handle streaked with black impurities, and one white glassy impurity in neck; thin patches of weathering and faint iridescence.

Rectangular, with round neck and mouth.
Said to be from Mâcon, France

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. 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. 453, pl. 2, Aix-en-Provence: Association française pour l'archéologie du verre.

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