Glass perfume bottle

Early Imperial
mid–1st century A.D.
Glass; mold-blown
3 9/16in. (9.1cm)
Other: 2 1/4in. (5.7cm)
Diam. of rim: 13/16 in. (2.1 cm)
Diam. of base: 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent pale blue green.
Rim folded out, over, and in, extending into neck on one side of mouth; carinated body, with straight, conical upper side and lower side curving in sharply to raised base disk; flat bottom with central pushed-in knob.
Horizontal lines in relief around upper body; upturned gadroons on lower body; two raised concentric circles on bottom.
Broken around rim and neck, with large area of neck missing; deep pitting and iridescent weathering.
From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Idalion (modern Dali)

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3. pl. CVII, 5, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5262, p. 509, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2003. "From East to West: The Early Roman Glass Industry." Échanges et commerce du verre dans le monde antique : Actes du colloque de l'Association Française pour l'Archéologie du verre Aix-en-Provence et Marseille 7-9 juin 2001, Danièle Foy and Dr. Marie-Dominique Nenna, eds. no. 7, pp. 342, 346, fig. 1,7, Montagnac: Éditions Monique Mergoil.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2013. "Metropolitan Müzesi, Cesnola Koleksiyonu’nda Yeralan Kıbrıs Cam Eserleri." Anadolu Antik Cam Araştırmaları Sempozyumu, Kaunos/Kbid Toplantıları, 2, C. Gençler Güray, ed. p. 84, Ankara: Bilgin Press.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2017. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Ancient Glass. no. 26, pp. 57–58, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.