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Glass globular bottle

Late Imperial
3rd–4th century A.D.
Glass; blown and cut
H.: 5 7/8 in. (15 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
Colorless with light green tinge.
Vertical ground rim; cylindrical neck with slightly concave profile; globular body; round bottom, slightly flattened at center.
Deep-cut geometric decoration: on neck, two horizontal grooves below rim and a band of seven close-set horizontal grooves at mid-point; on body, at top and bottom, a pair of horizontal concentric grooves, two pairs of horizontal grooves above and below mid-point of side, and a pattern of 32 overlapping circles covering most of side.
Intact, but with minor internal cracks and surface chips; some pinprick bubbles; slight pitting and weathering on exterior, patches of whitish iridescent weathering on interior.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 1072, p. 147, pl. 182.4.

Sorabella, Jean. 2001. "A Roman Sarcophagus and its Patron." Metropolitan Museum Journal, 36: p. 56.

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