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Glass mosaic perfume bottle

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
early to mid-1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown, trailed, and tooled
Dimensions:
Height: 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm)
Diameter: 2 7/8 × 3/4 in. (7.3 × 1.9 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.321
Not on view
Translucent brownish yellow, with opaque white trails.

Everted, rounded rim; cylindrical neck, expanding slightly downward, with slight tooled indent around base; broad piriform body; concave bottom.

Striped mosaic pattern of applied white trails wound round on a yellow ground and then tooled in four upward strokes into swirling circular patterns.

Broken and repaired, with one large hole in rim, another in body, and several smaller holes in neck and body; some small bubbles; some pitting and whitish weathering.
Said to be from Syria (Froehner 1879, p. 138, pl. IX, 52)

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. 46, 138, pl. 9.52, 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. 215–16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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