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Glass bottle in the shape of an animal

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
ca. 3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown and tooled
Dimensions:
width 6 5/16in. (16cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
X.21.182
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless with yellowish tinge; trail and applied feet in same glass.
Thick rim, folded over and in, with flattened upper lip; tubular neck, turned upwards; elongated ovoid body; pontil pad on bottom between ears and mouth; four broad pads applied in pairs on underside of body, tooled and pinched to look like feet.
Single trail wound once around neck; around bottom, side pinched out to form two ears and projecting mouth.
Intact; many pinprick bubbles and blowing striations; dulling, pitting, thick creamy weathering, and iridescence.

The animal is probably to be identified as a mouse.
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