Glass aryballos (oil bottle)

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Eastern Mediterranean
Medium:
Glass; blown
Dimensions:
H.: 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.257
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent pale green; handles in same color.
Collared rim folded out, down, round, and up, and flattened on top, with projecting outer flange; short cylindrical neck; globular body; rounded bottom; two small handles applied to top of body in round pads, drawn up, and trailed on to neck and underside of rim.
Intact; some bubbles and a few black impurities, with pitted and scratched surface on bottom; one patch of pitting on body, and faint iridescent weathering.
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.