Glass bottle in the shape of a bird
- Early Imperial
- 1st century A.D.
- Glass; blown
- H.: 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
- Accession Number:
Translucent pale blue green.
Long, solid, rounded beak; head projecting forward and slightly downward, attached to tubular neck that merges with plump body.
Broken, with back part of body and tail missing; few bubbles; dulling and faint iridescence on exterior, creamy iridescent weathering covering interior with one patch of limy encrustation.
Bottles of this type were made with their contents (either liquid perfume or cosmetic powder) sealed inside. The tip of the tail had thus to be broken to remove the contents.