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Glass bottle in the shape of a bird

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown
Dimensions:
H.: 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.133
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
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.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 1303, p. 181, pl. 246.7.

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