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Glass mosaic perfume bottle

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
early 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown and trailed
Dimensions:
H.: 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.283
Not on view
Translucent cobalt blue, with marvered trails in opaque white; handles in same colors.
Flaring, rounded rim; neck expanding downward to sloping shoulder; bulbous body with side tapering downward; small concave bottom; two handles applied to top of neck and drawn outward, with no trace of attachment on shoulder or body.
Trails cover entire vessel with thick swirls on bottom and, on body, bands of fine parallel lines alternating with thick S-shaped trails; a large blue dot appears on one of the S-shaped trails.
Cracked around bottom and lower body; most of both handles missing; pitting of surface bubbles, many surfaces scratches, and small areas of brown encrustation, especially around inside of neck.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 815, p. 117, pl. 128.3.

Matheson, Susan B. 1980. Ancient glass in the Yale University Art Gallery. no. A6, p. 141, New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery.

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