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Glass bottle shaped like a bunch of grapes

Late Imperial
4th century A.D.
Glass; blown in a two-part mold and trailed
H. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Colorless with pale green tinge; handles, foot, and trail in same color.
Rounded and slightly thickened rim; flaring mouth; tall cylindrical neck; elongated ovoid body; applied broad foot ring with downturned rounded edge and hollow bottom; pontil scar at center of bottom; two handles attached to top of body with projecting pinched lug at base, drawn up in a curve and trailed onto neck (over trail decoration) with a loop above, and ending on outer edge of rim. Prominent vertical mold seam runs down body from top to bottom under handles.
Single trail applied to underside of mouth and wound in a spiral down neck, ending near base; body shaped like a bunch of grapes, comprising nine interlocking but irregular row of hemispherical knobs.
Complete, except for slight loss to lower end of trail around neck, a break and small chip in one handle, and internal cracks in foot ring and lower body; pinprick bubbles; dulling and iridescence covering most of surfaces.
Said to be from Cologne

Weerth, Ernst Aus'm. 1881. "Zur Erinnerung an die Disch’sche Sammlung römischer Gläser." Bonner Jahrbücher, 71: p. 130, pl. 6.

1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 1157, p. 160, pl. 209.

Morin-Jean, Jean Alexis Joseph Morin. 1913. La verrerie en Gaule sous l'empire romain: essai de morphologie et de chronologie. p. 169, n. 2, Paris: Henri Laurens.

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. pl. 78b, New York: W. E. Rudge.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1958. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln. Bd. 3 Römisches Buntglas in Köln., Bd. 3. p. 45, pl. 81, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1961. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln. Bd. 6. Römisches geformtes Glas in Köln., Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln, Bd. 6. p. 72, pl. 151, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co.

Moirin, Anna and Véronique Arveiller-Dulong. 2010. "Les Flacons en Forme de Grappe de Raisin: Essai de Typologie." D'Ennion au Val Saint-Lambert: Le Verre Soufflé-Moulé: Actes des 23e Rencontres de l'Association Française pour l'Archéologie du Verre: Colloque International, Bruxelles-Namur, 17-19 Octobre 2008, Scientia Artis 5, Chantal Fontaine-Hodaimont, ed. no. 101, p. 228, Bruxelles: Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique.

von Boeselager, Dela. 2012. "Römische Gläser aus Gräbern an der Luxemburger Strasse in Köln: Typologie, Chronologie, Grabkontexte." Kölner Jahrbuch, 45: p. 230, fig. 331.

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