Glass rectangular bottle

Period: Mid Imperial

Date: 2nd–3rd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; mold-blown

Dimensions: Overall: 6 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 2 1/16 in. (16.5 x 8.3 x 5.2 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.194.219


Translucent deep blue green; handles in same color.
Partially tubular rim folded out, down, round and in, with flattened upper surface; cylindricalm convex neck, with horizontal tooling marks around the base; horizontal shoulder with large rounded corners; rectangular body with flat sides, tapering downward; thick, concave bottom, pushed in off-center; two broad handles, each with three ribs, applied as a long pad to short edge of shoulder, drawn up vertically, then bent in and down, and attached to neck and underside of rim with upward trail.
On bottom, diamond in relief, enclosing a staff with V-shaped finials at both ends, flanked in middle by two relief squares, each containing a hollow circle, perhaps representing a standard or banner.
Intact, except for almost one third of the rim and top of the neck; pinprick and larger elongated bubbles; surface scratches, some soil encrustation around tops of handles, and faint iridescence.