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Glass rectangular bottle

Mid Imperial
2nd–3rd century A.D.
Glass; mold-blown
Overall: 6 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 2 1/16 in. (16.5 x 8.3 x 5.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent deep blue green; handles in same color.
Partially tubular rim folded out, down, round and in, with flattened upper surface; cylindricalm convex neck, with horizontal tooling marks around the base; horizontal shoulder with large rounded corners; rectangular body with flat sides, tapering downward; thick, concave bottom, pushed in off-center; two broad handles, each with three ribs, applied as a long pad to short edge of shoulder, drawn up vertically, then bent in and down, and attached to neck and underside of rim with upward trail.
On bottom, diamond in relief, enclosing a staff with V-shaped finials at both ends, flanked in middle by two relief squares, each containing a hollow circle, perhaps representing a standard or banner.
Intact, except for almost one third of the rim and top of the neck; pinprick and larger elongated bubbles; surface scratches, some soil encrustation around tops of handles, and faint iridescence.

Greenish blue, two handled vase.
Said to be from Cologne

Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 1548, p. 206, pl. 292.3, Paris.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2006. "Roman Mould-Blown Stamped Bottles in The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Corpus des signatures et marques sur verres antiques, Vol. 2, Danièle Foy and Marie-Dominique Nenna, eds. p. 454, pl. 6, Aix-en-Provence: Association française pour l'archéologie du verre.

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