Glass mosaic perfume bottle
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Glass; cast and blown
H. 2 5/16 in. (5.9 cm)
Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891
Translucent turquoise blue, translucent purple, and opaque white.
Everted, horizontal rim with rounded outer lip; cylindrical neck, with slight horizontal indent around base; squat globular body; concave bottom.
Marbled mosaic pattern formed from large, irregularly shaped sections of a cane in a turquoise blue ground with purple outlined in white.
Intact, except for one large chip in rim; dulling, pitting, and faint iridescence.
Rotary grinding marks on exterior.
Small bottles and lidded pyxides (boxes) in mosaic and luxury gold-band glass were made during the Julio-Claudian period. But as glass-blowing became more widespread during the mid-1st century, they were quickly supplanted by free-blown versions, often in more transparent glass that allowed one to see the contents.
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