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Glass two-handled bottle (amphora)

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Glass; blown and decorated with marvered blobs
H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Walter C. Baker, 1971
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent cobalt blue; handles in same color, but one streaked with opaque white; splashed decoration in opaque white and opaque pale yellow.
Everted rim, folded over and in; concave cylindrical neck; steeply sloping shoulder; side of body tapering downwards; concave bottom; two rod handles applied as large pads on shoulder over splashed decoration, drawn up, out and round in a curve, and pressed onto side of neck below rim.
Decoration applied before inflation causing splashes to expand and become elongated on neck.
Intact; few bubbles; pitting of splashed decoration on exterior, some weathering on interior.

The decoration was created by applying small fragments of differently colored glass to the surface of the vessel before it was fully blown. Such glassware was very fashionable in the middle decades of the 1st century A.D. and may have been influenced by the production of cast mosaic glass.
von Bothmer, Dietrich and René d'Harnoncourt. 1950. Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities: An Exhibition from the Collection of Walter Cummings Baker, Esq. no. 14, New York: Walter Cummings Baker.

von Bothmer, Dietrich. 1961. Ancient Art from New York Private Collections: Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, December, 17, 1959-February 28, 1960. no. 300, p. 78, pl. 100, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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