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Glass bottle

Period:
Late Imperial or Early Byzantine
Date:
5th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Syrian
Medium:
Glass; blown, trailed, and tooled
Dimensions:
H.: 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Elias Kempner, 1934
Accession Number:
34.132.46
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent yellow green; handles and trail in translucent turquoise blue.
Outsplayed rim, folded over and in, with beveled outer edge; cylindrical neck, tooled in at base; elongated, slender piriform body; tubular base ring made by folding; pushed-in bottom with thick pontil scar; two rod handles applied as long trails on sides of body, drawn up to just below junction with neck, then drawn out, up, and in as loops, and pressed onto lower part of neck over trail.
The handle trails are decorated with numerous, irregular, tooled notches; a single trail applied under bottom of one handle and wound up in a spiral almost seven times around neck, ending on rim.
Intact, except for sections of trail around neck; some pinprick bubbles and prominent blowing striations; patches of thick creamy brown weathering and iridescence.

With applied threads.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1935. "Notes: A Gift of Ancient Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 30(1): p. 19.

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