Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

“SPEYER BOTTLE”, ROMAN GLASS BOTTLE WITH DOLPHIN HANDLES

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on December 10, 2017

SPEYER BOTTLE

Remark: The world’s oldest unopened bottle of wine, was discovered during the excavation (1867) of a Roman nobleman’s tomb, near Speyer, Germany. Of the six glass bottles in the woman’s sarcophagus and the ten vessels in the man’s sarcophagus, only one still contained a liquid. From Ticia Verveer @ticiaverveer in a tweet with a picture.  The “Speyer bottle”, sits comfortably in the Wine Museum section of the Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer, Germany.

A Roman glass mold-blown vessel like this is called a “dolphin handles bottle” with the cracked-off rim.  Late 3rd-4th C.  Below are two empty examples of this type of bottle both with the same dulling, creamy white weathering, and iridescence. Most of these vessel are of clear light green glass . The first from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the second from The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass.

 

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