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Glass pourer flask

Mid Imperial
2nd–early 3rd century A.D.
Roman, Cypriot
Glass; blown
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) Other: 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm) Diam. of rim: 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 176
Thick rim, folded out, down, over and in, and pressed into broad, flaring mouth; cylindrical neck, expanding downwards to short sloping shoulder; squat, bulbous body, drawn out on one side into slender nozzle; pushed-in bottom.
Complete, except for hole in body extending to nozzle; many pinprick and some large, elongated bubbles, and blowing striations; pitting, brilliant iridescence, and patches of thick creamy 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, 2, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5618, p. 510, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Vessberg, Olof. 1952. "Roman Glass in Cyprus." Opuscula archaeologica, 7: p. 149, pl. 10.2.

Vessberg, Olof and Alfred Wesholm. 1956. The Swedish Cyprus Expedition, Vol. 4, Pt. 3. p. 170, fig. 51:2, Stockholm: Håkan Ohlssons Boktryckeri.

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