Glass ‘Mercury’ bottle fragment
- Mid Imperial
- 2nd–3rd century A.D.
- Glass; mold-blown
- Overall: 1 3/16 x 1 5/16 x 1 1/4 in. (3 x 3.3 x 3.2 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Museum Accession
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Translucent pale yellow green.
Fragment of square bottle: square, thick-walled body, tapering downwards; slightly concave bottom.
In relief on bottom, cloaked figure, facing three-quarters left, seated on a cushioned chair with proper right leg raised and resting on footstool; in each corner, a large capital letter: M A C N; below M, indented circle with small central boss.
Broken around body (with weathered edges) and most of left edge of bottom also missing; pinprick bubbles; pitting and iridescent whitish weathering.
This base fragment has an impression of the stamp that was carved into the mold. It depicts a draped and veiled figure seated on an armchair. Flanking the figure are the letters MACN, the meaning of which remains unclear.