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Glass spouted bottle

Period:
Imperial
Date:
late 2nd–4th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown and trailed
Dimensions:
4 5/8in. (11.7cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.62
Not on view
Translucent pale blue green, with same color handle, spout, and trail.
Thick rim, folded over and in; flaring mouth; cylindrical neck, expanding at base to join globular body; low kick in bottom; straight spout, tapering to a fire-rounded point, attached at an angle to upper body on opposite side to handle; rod handle, applied as a thick pad to upper body, drawn up and outward, then turned in at an acute angle, and trailed onto top of neck, over trail and outside of rim.
Below rim, a single solid trail wound round neck slightly over 1½ times before handle was attached.
Intact; some pinprick and elongated bubbles, with a few black impurities; patches of gritty brown encrustation, weathering, and brilliant iridescence.

Such vessels have frequently been called "feeder bottles," although it is more likely that they were used for pouring oil and other liquids onto food or into other receptacles.
Said to be from Syria (Froehner 1879, p. 139, pl. XXV, 106)

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.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. no. 22, pp. 80, 139, pl. XXV, 106, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

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.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1958. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln: herausgegeben von der Archäologischen Gesellschaft und dem Römisch-Germanischen Museum Köln. Bd. 4: Das naturfarbene sogenannte blaugrüne Glas in Köln, Bd. 4. no. N6120, p. 36, Berlin: Archäologischen Gesellschaft und dem Römisch-Germanischen Museum Köln.

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