Glass hexagonal bottle

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Glass; blown in a three-part mold
H.: 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent cobalt blue.
Rim folded out, round, and in; cylindrical neck, expanding at base to join convex curving shoulder; hexagonal body with sides expanding downwards, then cup-shaped below; low oval base with protruding rounded edge and uneven, slightly indented bottom. Mold seams run from shoulder, down sides, and meet off-center on bottom.
Decoration in three registers: on shoulder, six pointed arches, each containing an unidentified, large dome-shaped object; on body, six rectangular panels, each framed at sides with columns, complete with capital and base; in the panels in high relief, six vessels, each of different shape and function; above the base, fillets suspended from below the center of each panel, enclosing alternating larger and smaller fruit with knobbly surfaces, each hanging below a column.
Intact; bubbles and blowing striations; patches of thick creamy brown weathering and brilliant iridescence.

The panels are decorated with a series of six vessels: a spouted jug with high handle to right; a footed bowl with wide neck and two loop handles at sides, topped with knobbly objects, probably fruit; a wide-bellied vessel on a tall pedestal base with two loop handles on the shoulder; a footed bowl with tall cylindrical neck with vertical grooves, topped with fruit; a jug with round rim and high handle to right; a wide-bellied vessel on a pedestal base with two handles on sides of upper body.