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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
Dimensions:
3 9/16in. (9cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Accession Number:
91.1.1260
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless, translucent cobalt blue, translucent honey brown, opaque light blue, opaque white, and opaque yellow.
Outsplayed rim with a closed, cut-out tubular ledge below an uneven, vertical lip; tall cylindrical neck, with slight indent around base; conical body with slightly concave sides; uneven, slightly pushed-in bottom.
Striped mosaic pattern formed from a single pre-formed cane comprising lengths arranged in repeated groups of different colors.
Intact, except for minor, weathering chips to rim; deep pitting, iridescence, and patches of creamy white weathering.

Globular "color-band" perfume bottle.
Milleker, Elizabeth J. 2000. The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West no. 52, pp. 64-5, 67, 207, New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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