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Glass flask with two handles

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Roman, Cypriot
Glass; blown
4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm) Other: 2 1/8 in. (5.5 cm) Diam. of rim: 1 in. (2.6 cm) Diam. of foot: 1 5/16 in. (3.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent pale green; handles in same color.
Rim folded down, round, and up, with beveled outer lip; short, flaring mouth; cylindrical neck; convex shoulder curving downward; straight, tapering sides to body, turned out to form integral base ring with slight concave bottom; two claw handles applied to shoulder, drawn up and round, then trailed onto top of neck and underside of rim.
Badly cracked around body, with one hole in side below handle; few bubbles; dulling, faint pitting, and creamy weathering with iridescence.
From Cyprus, said to be from a tomb at Kition (modern Larnaka)

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. LXXXIX, 3, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 5460, p. 510, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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