11 December 2003
A ROMAN GLASS HEXAGONAL BOTTLE
Syro-Palestinian, Circa Second Quarter of the
1st Century A.D.
Opaque white in color, mold-blown, with six rectangular panels each framed by columns and topped with a pediment, each panel containing a different bird or a winged insect in various poses either resting on or flying above rocks or a nest, with egg-and-dart below, florals on the shoulders, tongues above the base, the cylindrical neck free-blown, the rim folded out then in
3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm.) high
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 14 June 2000, lot 184.
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For the group of 'birds type, series A,' see no. 45ff in Stern, Roman Mold-blown Glass.
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