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Glass perfume bottle

Early to Mid Imperial
1st–2nd century A.D.
Glass; blown
Overall: 5 3/8 x 1 7/16 x 1 1/16 in. (13.7 x 3.7 x 2.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent deep blue green.
Rim folded out, over and in, with upper surface pressed flat; slightly flaring mouth; tall cylindrical neck, with concave sides, expanding downwards to join imperceptibly conical body; uneven bottom, with jagged pontil scar.
Complete but broken and repaired around upper neck and lower body; pinprick and elongated bubbles and blowing striations; deep pitting, dulling, and patches of brilliant iridescence on exterior, soil encrustation and limy weathering on interior.
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, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. LXXVII, 9, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5403, p. 509, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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