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Glass square bottle

Period:
Early to Mid Imperial
Date:
1st–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; mold-blown
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (16.5 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.20
Not on view
Translucent blue green, with same color handle.
Rim folded out, over, and in, forming slightly constriction to mouth, with beveled top surface; cylindrical neck, with tooling marks around base; curving horizontal shoulder with rounded, sloping corners; flat, vertical sides; flat bottom; broad strap handle, with combed decoration on outer surface, attached to outer edge of shoulder, drawn up vertically, turned in an acute angle and applied in thick fold to neck.
Molded decoration on bottom comprising three concentric rings and central dot in relief.
Complete, except for handle, of which part of one side is missing; some pinprick and larger bubbles, black streaky impurities in neck, and blowing striations; slight dulling and iridescent weathering on exterior, patches of encrustation and weathering on interior.
Said to be from Metz

Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1895. The Terracottas and Pottery of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in Halls 4 and 15. p. 215-216, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930[1911]. The Room of Ancient Glass, : pp. 13, 16, fig. 11a.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1958. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln: herausgegeben von der Archäologischen Gesellschaft und dem Römisch-Germanischen Museum Köln. Bd. 4: Das naturfarbene sogenannte blaugrüne Glas in Köln, Bd. 4. p. 50, Berlin: Archäologischen Gesellschaft und dem Römisch-Germanischen Museum Köln.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2006. "Roman Mould-Blown Stamped Bottles in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Corpus des signatures et marques sur verres antiques, Vol. 2, Danièle Foy and Marie-Dominique Nenna, eds. p. 454, pl. 3, Aix-en-Provence: Association française pour l'archéologie du verre.

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