Glass 'Mercury' bottle
2nd–3rd century A.D.
Overall: 4 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (11.4 x 2.9 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan P. Rosen, 1991
Translucent pale green.Cylindrical neck, expanding downwards; slightly pushed-in horizontal shoulder; square, thick-walled body, tapering downwards; slightly concave bottom.In relief on bottom, cloaked standing figure, facing left, holding torch-like object in right hand and left arm bent across chest; in each corner, a large capital letter: G F H I.Broken around neck (with weathered edges), with upper half of neck and rim missing, one large crack running from neck to upper body; many pinprick bubbles; dulling, pitting, and patches brilliant iridescence and black enamel-like weathering.
Flasks of this type have a base stamp, comprising four Latin letters (GFHI) around a central draped figure, here identified as Mercury holding an attribute.
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