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Glass mosaic bottle

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast and blown, and tooled
Dimensions:
2 7/16in. (6.2cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.325
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent cobalt blue, almost opaque deep purple, and opaque white.
Everted, horizontal rim with angular outer lip; cylindrical neck, tapering downward, with slight horizontal indent around base; squat globular body; slightly indented bottom.
Marbled mosaic pattern formed from alternating sections of two canes: the first in a blue ground with white parallel lines in a irregular zigzag pattern; the second in a purple ground also with white parallel lines in a irregular zigzag pattern.
Intact, except for one chip in underside of rim; dulling, pitting, and faint iridescence.
Rotary grinding marks on exterior.
Said to be from Neapolis (modern Naples), Italy (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. V, 27)

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. 46, 138, pl. 5.27, 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.

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. 69.

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

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

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West, Elizabeth J. Milleker, ed. no. 52, pp. 64-65, 67, 207, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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