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Glass flask

Mid Imperial
2nd–3rd century A.D.
Glass; blown
3 7/8 in. (9.9 cm) Other: 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm) Diam. of rim: 1 1/8 in. (2.8 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
Not on view
Small indented flask.
Colorless with blue green tinge.
Plain, rounded rim; flaring mouth; cylindrical neck;sloping, convex shoulder; sides tapering downward; small, pushed-in bottom, with off-center pontil mark.
Seven vertical indents in body, two with pinched protrusions near the bottom.
Broken around rim and neck, and repaired, with one hole in mouth; a few large bubbles; patches of dulling, pitting, and iridescent weathering.
From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Idalion (modern Dali)

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1903. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 3, Plates & Text 1–150. pl. CVI, 4, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5709, p. 512, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Vessberg, Olof. 1952. "Roman Glass in Cyprus." Opuscula archaeologica, 7: p. 135, pl. 7.42.

Vessberg, Olof and Alfred Wesholm. 1956. The Swedish Cyprus Expedition, Vol. 4, Pt. 3. p. 158, fig. 48:42, Stockholm: Håkan Ohlssons Boktryckeri.

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