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HEAD-SHAPED BOTTLE

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 19, 2016

HEAD-SHAPED BOTTLE of A Private Dutch Collection of Roman Glass

HEAD-SHAPED BOTTLE

HEAD-SHAPED BOTTLE

HEAD-SHAPED BOTTLE

HEAD-SHAPED BOTTLE

1st – 3rd Century A.D., Eastern Mediterranean, perhaps Italy
I sings 78b/Stern MCT VII, Intact, some wheatering

Description:This royal blue cosmetic bottle is blown into a two-part mold (free-blown cylindrical neck and rim). The base is decorated with concentric rings (like type A,no.139 Toledo Museum)

Remark:P.L.W.Arts: ‘ During the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD glass-makers in the Eastern Mediterranean and especially those along the Syro-Plastinian coast produced a large number of double or ”Janiform” head-flasks. These later also became common in north-western Europe from the 2rd century onwards. Two heads joined back to back were a popular motif in antiquity, which was used in particular on ceramic vessels of the 7th and 6th century BC (Stern 1995)’
Exhibited:
Museum Honig Breethuis (NL) ’Fascinating luxury of Antiquity’
12 November 2011– 30 January 2012 , exp no. 21

Provenance: Private American collection

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