Glass perfume bottle

Mid Imperial
2nd–3rd century A.D.
Roman, Cypriot
Glass; blown
6 3/4in. (17.2cm)
Other: 3 3/8in. (8.6cm)
Diam. of rim: 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
Not on view
Candlestick unguentarium.
Translucent pale green, with large purplish streak in body and lower part of neck.
Thick rim folded out, over, and in; slightly concave, cylindrical neck, tooled in around base; convex sides to body, curving out and downward; slightly concave bottom with off-center pontil scar. Spiral tooling grooves on body. Thick-walled and heavy.
Intact; many bubbles; dulling, deep waethering, and faint iridescence.
From Cyprus

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5314, p. 509, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2017. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Ancient Glass. no. 376, pp. 187, 260–61, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.