Glass gold-band mosaic bottle

Period: Early Imperial

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

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; cast and blown, and cut

Dimensions: H. 2 15/16 in. (7.4 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915

Accession Number: 30.115.16


Small bottles and lidded pyxides (boxes) in mosaic and luxury gold-band glass were made during the Julio-Claudian period. But as glass-blowing became more widespread during the mid-1st century, they were quickly supplanted by free-blown versions, often in more transparent glass that allowed one to see the contents.