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    Sale 13850

    Ancient Glass from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 209

    A ROMAN BLUE GLASS BIRD-SHAPED BOTTLE

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

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    Estimate

    A ROMAN BLUE GLASS BIRD-SHAPED BOTTLE
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    With tall cylindrical neck, everted inward-folded rim and a beaked spout, the body tapering to a pointed tail with groove on the upper surface, the base flattened
    3 5/8 in. (9.3 cm.) long


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    Bottles of this form, with rounded or pinched pouring lips, have been identified as gutti, small vessels used to dispense minute quantities of wine or oil. They may have been used after bathing or as part of sacrifices. For similar, cf. Whitehouse, 1997, no. 188, p. 121ff, and Israeli, 2003, no. 110.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 1987.