Glass perfume bottle

Period:
Mid Imperial
Date:
2nd–3rd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Egyptian
Medium:
Glass; blown
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 3/8in. (16.2cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
X.21.197
Not on view
Translucent deep green.
Thick everted rim, folded out, up, and in, with beveled upper surface and smoothed into mouth; tall cylindrical neck, with fine horizontal tooling indent around base; conical body with straight side; thick, flat bottom with large, circular pontil scar.
Neck and body decorated with modern carving: on neck, at top a continuous band of loops and sprays, with three vertical columns of symbols imitating cuneiform extending down length of neck; on body, large winged sphinx, facing left, with lion body and bearded human head, and more symbols below body between front and rear legs. Carving cuts through weathering on surface of glass.
Intact, except for slight weathered chip in rim; some elongated bubbles in neck; dulling, brownish weathering, and faint iridescence.