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Glass juglet with vertical ribbing

Period:
Early Imperial, Flavian
Date:
2nd half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown in a two-part mold
Dimensions:
3 3/16 x 2 x 1 3/4 in. (8.1 x 5.1 x 4.4 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. John C. Weber, in honor of Anya Stout, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.346
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent cobalt blue, with colorless handle.
Everted rim, folded over and in; uneven cylindrical neck; globular but slightly lentoid body; circular low base with rounded edge; uneven, flat bottom; rod handle attached in a large claw pad to top of body, drawn up and out, turned in and trailed onto top of neck and underside of rim, with vertical loop above rim. One continuous mold seam around body, but misaligned causing one side of bottom to be higher than the other.
On body, twenty-two vertical rounded ribs.
Intact; pinprick bubbles; pitting, patches of weathering, and brilliant iridescence.

"Melon-shaped" bottles form a relatively rare type of early mold-blown glass, probably made in Syria. Several examples are recorded from ancient cemetery sites in Armenia, Georgia, and the Crimea, whereas the type is not known in the western half of the Roman empire.
Christie's, New York. 2000. Antiquities. June 13, 2000. lot 392, p. 97.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2001. "One Hundred Thirty-first Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2001." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 131: p. 19.

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