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Glass perfume bottle

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Glass; cast and blown, and tooled
Height: 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm) Diameter: 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent cobalt blue and purple, and opaque white.
Traces of cylindrical neck with tooling indent around base; piriform body; flat bottom with small, pushed-in center.
Striped mosaic pattern formed from four lengths of a single cane consisting of parallel strips in blue, purple, and white that were fused together, tooled, and then blown.
Body complete, but missing most of neck and rim; some large surface bubbles; pitting, slight dulling, and faint iridescence.
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. 46-47, 138, pl. 5.28, 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.

Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 1. p. 173, fig. 86, 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. 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, Leiden: Brill.

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