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Glass gold-band mosaic bottle

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; cast and blown
Dimensions:
H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.328
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
Translucent cobalt blue, purple, and emerald green, opaque white, and colorless encasing gold leaf.
Everted, horizontal rim with rounded outer lip; cylindrical neck; squat globular body; flat bottom.
Gold-band mosaic pattern formed from a single serpentine length of layered canes formed in the following order: purple outlined in white, blue, colorless with gold leaf, green, white, and purple; the length is wound three times round body, being fused together across bottom.
Intact, except for one weathered chip in top layer on side of body; slight dulling and pitting, small patches of whitish iridescent weathering; encrustation on inside of neck.
Rotary grinding marks on exterior.

Gold-band cast glass was a particularly opulent type of early Roman glassware. It combines canes of brightly colored translucent and opaque glass with strips of gold leaf encased between layers of colorless glass. Only a limited number of vessel shapes were made in this way, and some of the most common are small globular or carinated bottles such as these. They were presumably used to store expensive cosmetics and perfumes.

Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.1035.2)
H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.88)
Said to be from Neapolis (ancient Naples), Italy (Froehner 1879, p. 47, note 5).

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 n. 5, 138, pl. 2.13, 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.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1958. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln. Bd. 3 Römisches Buntglas in Köln., Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln, Bd. 3. p. 23, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co.

Oliver, Andrew Jr. 1967. "Late Hellenistic Glass in the Metropolitan Museum." Journal of Glass Studies, 9: no. 23, pp. 23-25, fig. 18.

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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