Glass globular bottle

Period: Late Imperial

Date: 3rd–4th century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; blown and cut

Dimensions: H.: 5 7/8 in. (15 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917

Accession Number: 17.194.317


Colorless with light green tinge.
Vertical ground rim; cylindrical neck with slightly concave profile; globular body; round bottom, slightly flattened at center.
Deep-cut geometric decoration: on neck, two horizontal grooves below rim and a band of seven close-set horizontal grooves at mid-point; on body, at top and bottom, a pair of horizontal concentric grooves, two pairs of horizontal grooves above and below mid-point of side, and a pattern of 32 overlapping circles covering most of side.
Intact, but with minor internal cracks and surface chips; some pinprick bubbles; slight pitting and weathering on exterior, patches of whitish iridescent weathering on interior.