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Glass hunt-and-scroll bottle

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Glass; blown in a two-part mold
H.: 3 7/8 x 2 5/8 x 7/8 in. (9.8 x 6.7 x 2.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent blue green; handle in same color.
Everted fine rim, folded over and in; flaring mouth; short concave neck, splayed at base and merging with piriform body; flat bottom; handle trailed over rim and top of neck and drawn upwards; continuous mold seam runs from neck, down side, and across bottom, with two distinct vertical creases in relief on neck, and bottom divided into two levels by misaligned mold.
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 a curving tendril to right; center, two wavy tendril scrolls with berries divided by a broad palmette on one side and a slender lotus bud on the other across the mold seams; bottom, twenty-one upturned flutes, two of which overlap at junction of mold.
Broken and repaired, most of handle missing and some small loses in lower body and bottom; few pinprick bubbles; patches of creamy brown weathering and iridescence.

The decoration on this and another similar flask (17.120.243) resembles some elements on the glass vessels signed by Ennion, notably the floral scroll, the flutes, and the horizontal rows of dots, but it also includes animals in relief, which are not part of his standard repertoire. The handle, of which only the top remains, marks the flask as belonging to the so-called 'floating handles' group of mold-blown vessels that were made in a number of different designs.
Said to be from Syria

1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 1133, p. 157, pl. 205.4.

Corning Museum of Glass. 1957. Glass from the Ancient World: the Ray Winfield Smith Collection. p. 133, Corning, New York: Corning Museum of Glass.

Stern, E. Marianne. 1995. Roman Mold-Blown Glass: The First through Sixth Centuries. p. 89 n. 153d, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

Whitehouse, David. 2001. Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass, Vol. 2. p. 53, Corning, NY.: Corning Museum of Glass.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2005. "Anomalies amongst Early Roman Mould-Blown Glass Vessels." Annales du 16e Congrès de l'Association Internationale pour l'Histoire du Verre, Jennifer Price, ed. p. 86, fig. 5, Nottingham: Association internationale pour l'histoire du verre.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2014. Ennion: Master of Roman Glass. no. 38, p. 132, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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