Glass gold-band mosaic bottle

Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian

Date: 1st half of 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; cast and blown, and cut

Dimensions: H.: 3 3/16 in. (8.1 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.194.259


Translucent cobalt blue, honey brown, and bluish green, colorless encasing gold leaf, and opaque white (?).
Everted, horizontal rim with rounded outer lip; cylindrical neck; sloping shoulder; carinated body with straight side above carination and convex curving side below; slightly concave bottom.
Gold-band mosaic pattern formed from a single serpentine length of layered canes formed in the following order: blue, colorless with gold leaf, green, and thin stripes of white; the length is wound three times round body, being fused together across bottom.
A single fine horizontal line incised on upper surface of rim near outer edge; a band of two grooves flanking a raised line at junction of shoulder and side; and another band of two grooves flanking a raised line at junction of side and bottom.
Intact, except for one weathered chip in rim and two deep weathered chips in side of body; many pinprick bubbles; dulling, pitting, and creamy brown weathering with brilliant iridescence.
Rotary grinding marks on exterior.