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Glass mosaic perfume bottle

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown, trailed, and tooled
Dimensions:
Height: 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm) Diameter: 2 3/16 × 1/2 in. (5.5 × 1.2 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.322
Not on view
Translucent pale blue, with opaque white trails and faint translucent purple streaks.
Very small everted rim; cylindrical neck, expanding downwards; squat, globular body; uneven, flat bottom.
Striped mosaic pattern of applied trails wound round on a blue ground and then tooled in four upward strokes into a festoon pattern around body.
Intact, except for slight chipping to rim; pitting of surface bubbles, dulling, iridescence, and thick, layered weathering.
Said to be from Syria (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. X, 59)

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. pp. 47, 138, pl. 10.59, 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.

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