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Glass perfume bottle

Mid Imperial
ca. 2nd century A.D.
Glass; blown
H.: 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent pale yellow green.
Rim folded out, over, and in, then flattened into mouth; vertical neck to one side of body; irregular globular body; kick in bottom.
Around side, irregular pattern of 7 indents.
Intact; many pinprick and larger bubbles, and a few gritty inclusions; faint iridescent weathering on exterior, patches of encrustation and thicker weathering on interior.
After inflation the bottle has been worked around the rim and neck to give the impression of a face with a nose and wearing a brimmed hat.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 1741, p. 226, Paris.

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