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Glass hunt-and-scroll bottle

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Glass; blown in a two-part mold
Height: 3 7/8 × 2 7/16 × 7/8 in. (9.8 × 6.2 × 2.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Probably colorless; handle of uncertain color.
Everted fine rim, folded over and in; short cylindrical neck, splayed at base and merging with piriform body; flat bottom; handle trailed over rim and top of neck and drawn downwards; continuous mold seam runs from neck, down side, and across bottom, with two distinct vertical creases in relief on neck.
On body, decoration in relief in three registers, separated by two horizontal rows of knobs: at top, large dog (or lion) with long tail, facing right, crouching on forepaws on one side of mold and a deer standing facing right with head erect on the other side, flanked by a slender tree to left and an indistinct object to right; center, two wavy tendril scrolls with berries divided by a vertical palmettes across mold seam on one side; bottom, twenty-one upturned flutes, two of which overlap at junction of mold.
Broken and repaired, most of handle missing and some fill in side of body; many pinprick bubbles; deep pitting and brilliant iridescent weathering.
Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2014. Ennion: Master of Roman Glass. no. 39, p. 135, fig. 35, p. 47, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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