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Glass lentoid bottle

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
ca. 5th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Syrian
Medium:
Glass; blown in a dip mold and trailed
Dimensions:
Overall: 7 5/16in. (18.6cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
X.242
Not on view
Translucent green; handles and trails in same color.
Broad, everted rim, with plain rounded lip and oval mouth; cylindrical neck, expanding slightly downwards; lentoid body, with shallow indents at top on both sides; thick, narrow bottom, slightly flattened, with circular pontil scar; two rod handles applied in large claw pads, drawn up vertically, then folded in to trail decoration around neck and pressed flat, then drawn up again and trailed off on edge of rim.
Trail wound once around underside of rim; another trail wound once around middle of neck; body decorated in relief with twenty-four ribs, which swirl down from left to right, fading towards bottom.
Body intact, but part of one handle missing, with weathered breaks; pinprick bubbles and blowing striations; dulling, faint iridescence, and small patches of thick creamy white weathering on exterior, soil encrustation and iridescent weathering on interior.
Said to be from Syria

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