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Glass fragmentary bottle

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Glass; blown in a four-part mold
H.: 2 x 2 1/4 x 1 1/8 in. (5.1 x 5.7 x 2.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Anna Palmer Draper, 1915
Accession Number:
Not on view
Opaque pale greyish blue.
Cylindrical body with recessed central panel, then cup-shaped below; low circular base with flat lower edge and flat bottom. Three mold seams run down sides to top of prominent horizontal ridge; a separate cup-shaped section forms the lower body and base.
Remaining decoration in two registers: on body, central panel divided into three sections by a vertical thrysos-like staff or rod, with bud-like knobs on each end, floral sprays shoot out horizontally from each staff in symmetrical but different designs of ivy, vine, and laurel leaves with berries, with a plain raised band below expanding outwards to prominent horizontal ridge; above the base, a frieze of twenty-four upturned tongues in raised outline, interspersed at top with pointed darts; on bottom, three raised concentric circles, decreasing in thickness towards center, and central small knob.
Broken with all of rim, neck, and shoulder missing, and part of central panel; no trace of any handle(s); dulling and slight pitting, patches of thick creamy brown weathering on interior and exterior, much of surfaces covered with dull olive green film, and some iridescence on interior of bottom.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1915. "A Bequest of Mrs. Mary Anna Palmer Draper." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10(5): pp. 94–97.

Harden, Donald Benjamin. 1944–1945. "Two Tomb-Groups of the First Century A.D. from Yahmour, Syria, and a Supplement to the List of Roman-Syrian Glasses with Mould-Blown Inscriptions." Syria, 24: no. II.2.g, p. 85.

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