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Glass bottle shaped like a date

Mid Imperial
mid-1st to early 2nd century A.D.
Glass; blown in a two-part mold
H.: 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) Diam.: 5/8 x 1 3/16 in. (1.6 x 3 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent yellowish brown.
Thin, everted rim folded round and in; flaring neck with concave sides; elongated body; round bottom. One continuous mold seam around body.
Body molded into the shape of a wrinckled date, with pattern of short wavy ridges and hollows.
Intact, except for small chip and crack in rim; some bubbles and blowing striations; slight dulling, iridescence, and whitish weathering.
Said to be from Syria (Froehner 1879, p. 58, note 1)

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.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. pp. 58, n. 1, 138, pl. VI, 31, Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

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.

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