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Glass mosaic perfume bottle

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast and blown, trailed, and tooled
Dimensions:
Diam.: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.320
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent deep cobalt blue, with translucent honey brown, opaque white, opaque light blue, and opaque yellow trails.
Everted, rounded rim; cylindrical neck, expanding slightly downward, with fine indent around base; globular body; concave bottom.
Striped mosaic pattern of applied trails wound round on a blue ground and then tooled in four strokes, alternating upward and downward, into a broad feather pattern.
Broken and repaired, with one large chip in rim, and one hole and some small cracks in body; some large bubbles; faint iridescence and small patches of creamy white weathering.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. pp. 46, 138, pl. 5.24, 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. 215-16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Goodyear, William H. 1885. "The Charvet Collection of Glass." American Journal of Archaeology, 1(2/3): p. 167, pl. 8.2.

Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 1. p. 424, fig. 85, Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "The Room of Ancient Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(6) Supplement: pp. 11, 14, fig. 8.

Eisen, Gustavus A. 1926. "Stratified Glass by Sidonian Artists." The International Studio: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine of Fine & Applied Art, 83 (March): p. 70.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930[1911]. The Room of Ancient Glass, : pp. 11, 14, fig. 8.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936. A Special Exhibition of Glass from the Museum Collections: New York, October 13 to November 29, 1936.. p. 8, fig. 4, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Forbes, Robert J. 1957. Studies in Ancient Technology, Vol. 5. p. 170, fig. 32, Leiden: Brill.

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