16 June 2006
A ROMAN HEXAGONAL GLASS BOTTLE
SYRO-PALESTINIAN, CIRCA MID 1ST CENUTRY A.D.
Blue in color, mold-blown, the cylindrical body with six rectangular pedimented panels, each panel containing a bird in relief, depicted perched on or flying over a nest or rock, upturned tongues above the flat base, the shoulders with six rounded arches, the cylindrical neck free-blown, the rim folded out then in
3 in. (7.6 cm.) high
with Barakat Antiquities, Jerusalem, 1980.
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For a similar example see no. 47, pp. 145-147 in Stern, The Toledo Museum of Art, Roman Mold-blown Glass, The First Through Sixth Centuries.
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