12 June 2002
A ROMAN GLASS HEXAGONAL BOTTLE
Syro-Palestinian, Circa Second Quarter of the 1st Century A.D.
Opaque light blue in color, mold-blown, the bulbous body with six rectangular panels framed by thin vertical ribs, a narrow egg-and-dart band below, each panel containing a fruit in relief, including two with a pomegranate, two with grapes and two with a cedar cone, the shoulder with indistinct floral motifs, the base with rays or petals, on a low disk foot, the cylindrical neck with a slight bulge near the base, the rim infolded
3¼ in.(8.3 cm) high
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"Fruit Type" bottles are a relatively small group within the hexagonal series. For a similar bottle from the Toledo Museum of Art, designated as "Series A," and perhaps from the same mold as our example, see no. 36 in Stern, Roman Mold-blown Glass.
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