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Glass hexagonal bottle

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
ca. A.D. 25–50
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown in a three-part mold
Dimensions:
H.: 3 in. (7.6 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1035.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Opaque white.
Rim folded out, round, and in, then pressed into flaring mouth; misshapen cylindrical neck; downward sloping shoulder; hexagonal body with vertical sides, then cup-shaped below; low base with rounded edge and slightly indented bottom. Mold seams run from base of neck, down sides, and meet at center of bottom.
Decoration in relief in three registers: on shoulder, six downturned rays or pointed petals; on body, six rectangular panels, each decorated at top with a triangular pediment flanked by prominent but indistinct round objects, framed at sides with posts or slender columns, and bordered below by an egg-and-dart band; in each panel, a different bird perched on or flying over a nest or rock; above the base, twenty-seven upturned tongues (nine in each segment of mold).
Intact; pitting, dulling, and thick creamy weathering.

This bottle belongs to a type known as the Bird Series because the figures depicted in the pedimented panels appear to be birds perched on or flying over a nest or rock. It is a relatively rare type, although several of the surviving examples are made (as here) in opaque white glass.
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