12 December 2002
A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION OF ANCIENT GLASS
A BYZANTINE GLASS BOTTLE
Circa 6th-7th Century A.D.
Pale yellow-green in color, free-blown, the piriform body with pattern-molded diagonal ribs turning to vertical ribs along the upper body, with a very long cylindrical neck flaring slightly to a U-shaped mouth, the rim rounded, on a concave base, the upper portion of the neck with two applied green threads wound spirally
11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm) high
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For a similar example in the Ernesto Wolf Collection see no. 168, p. 205 in Stern, Roman, Byzantine, and Early Medieval Glass, 10 BCE-700 CE.
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