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Glass perfume bottle

Period:
Early or Mid Imperial
Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown
Dimensions:
H. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm); diameter 2 1/16 in. (5.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.33
  • Description

    Colorless but with prominent purple streaks.
    Rim folded out, over, and in, and pressed flat around mouth but aslant to neck; tall, slender, cylindrical neck, with tooled indent around base; conical sides to body, curving in to flat but uneven bottom.
    Two faint horizontal lines around upper part of body.
    Intact; a few bubbles, glassy inclusions, and blowing striations; dulling and faint iridescent weathering on exterior, some thicker, enamel-like weathering on interior.

  • Provenance

    From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Idalion (modern Dali)

  • References

    Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 5143.

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