Glass square bottle with base inscription
- Mid Imperial
- 2nd–3rd century A.D.
- Glass; mold-blown
- 4 3/4 x 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 in. (12.1 x 6.7 x 6.7 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 2000
- Accession Number:
Translucent blue green; handle in same color.
Slanting rim folded out, over, and in, and flattened on top surface, forming a restricted oval opening to mouth; concave cylindrical neck; uneven shoulder with rounded outer edges; square body with vertical sides; flat bottom, slightly pushed in at center with circular pontil scar; broad strap handle applied in a thick pad across shoulder, drawn up at a slant, turned in at an acute angle, and trailed onto neck and underside of rim.
On bottom, Greek inscription in relief, written in retrograde in three lines: OMO at top, NOI at bottom, and A to one side in the middle.
Intact, although top end of trail on handle is broken off with weathered edges, and one crack down side at one corner; many large and elongated bubbles; dulling, pitting, and iridescence, with patches of encrustation and black weathering on exterior, encrustation, weathering, and iridescence on interior.
Many everyday containers were made in molds to a consistent size, like modern wine or beer bottles. Some of the molds included a stamp, usually on the base, as a trademark, although it remains uncertain whether this referred to the bottles or to their contents. On this example there is a inscription in large Greek letters on the base: it reads OMONOIA, probably a personal name.