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Glass hexagonal bottle

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Glass; blown in a two-part mold
Other: 3 3/8 x 1 1/2 in. (8.6 x 3.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent patchy blue, with deep blue handles.
Everted rim, with rounded and partially folded lip; cylindrical neck with wider band at top; convex shoulder; hexagonal body with elongated cross section, tapering downward; uneven, flat bottom; rod handles attached in pads to shoulder, drawn up, turned in and pressed onto top of neck. One continuous mold seam around body, extending up neck, but misaligned causing ridge across bottom.
On shoulder, six lunettes in raised outline, each containing a triangular pattern of three small circular bosses; on body, six oblong panels, framed by four horizontal ribs at top and two horizontal ribs at bottom; each half of mold has a matching set of three panels, comprising : a stylized palm frond flanked by inward-facing scroll patterns.
Intact; pinprick bubbles; pitting, iridescence, patches of weathering, and slight soil encrustation.

Blue Sidonian jug with two handles.
Said to be from Scythopolis (Beit She'an, Israel)

Auth, Susan H. 1976. Ancient glass at the Newark Museum from the Eugene Schaefer Collection of antiquities. no. 60, pp. 66-7, Newark: Newark Museum.

Matheson, Susan B. 1980. Ancient glass in the Yale University Art Gallery. no. 129, p. 51, New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery.

Stern, E. Marianne. 1995. Roman Mold-Blown Glass: The First through Sixth Centuries. p. 167 n. 6c, n. 8b, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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