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Glass 'Mercury' bottle

Mid to Late Imperial
2nd to 4th century A.D.
Glass; mold-blown
Overall: 7 1/2 x 1 11/16 x 1 3/4 in. (19.1 x 4.3 x 4.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent pale yellow green.
Broad, thick rim, folded out, down, round and in, and flattened on top surface with irregular inner lip around mouth; thick-walled cylindrical neck, expanding downwards; pushed-in horizontal shoulder; square, thick-walled body, tapering downwards, with irregular patterns of shallow grooves on sides (from mold ?); almost flat bottom.
In relief on bottom, standing lion, facing right, on ground line, surrounded by an indistinct pattern of wavy lines together with the inscription CEV HO DIA; above the lion's head, the letters CR are also visible.
Broken around top of neck, with rim now separate, and one section of neck reattached, but body complete; some pinprick and elongated bubbles, and black impurities in rim; dulling, pitting, and patches brilliant iridescence and creamy brown weathering.
Said to be from Cologne (Froehner 1879, p. 130, no. 48a).

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. 48a, pp. 116, 130, 139, pl. XXXI, 123, 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. 1961. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln. Bd. 6. Römisches geformtes Glas in Köln., Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln, Bd. 6. p. 62, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co.

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. 9, Aix-en-Provence: Association française pour l'archéologie du verre.

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