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Glass perfume bottle

Date:
1st–2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 7/16 x 1/2in. (3.6 x 1.3cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.159
  • Description

    Miniature perfume bottle
    Translucent pale purple.
    Rim folded out, over, and in, flattened on top; long, slightly funnel-shaped neck, tooled in around base; conical body with convex sides; flattened bottom, concave at center.
    Intact; few bubbles; patches of dulling and iridescent weathering.
    Stands insecurely on bottom; the flattened rim allows for it to be stood securely upside down.

  • 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. 5122.

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