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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

 


Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Roman
Title:Mold-blown bottle wirh ribbed handle and rolled rim
Date Made:3rd century CE
Type:Container
Materials:Mold-blown glass
Measurements:Overall: 6 11/16 in x 5 in x 4 15/16 in; 17 cm x 12.7 cm x 12.5 cm
Accession Number:  MH 2006.23.1
Credit Line:Purchase with the Belle and Hy Baier Art Acquisition Fund; gift of Anne Gay Chaffee Hartman (Class of 1955) and Barbara Adams (Class of 1981), by exchange; and bequest of Mary Ryan Orwen (Class of 1935), by exchange
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Description:
Square mold blown bottle, rounded at the shoulder with elongated neck and rolled rim flaring from neck. Handle with 5 ribs secured at shoulder and below roll of rim. Body opposite handle carries small depression at base. Rim slightly angled away from handle (imperfection). The base carries no markings and is slightly concave.

Label Text:
Glass containers have been used for millennia to hold beverages, oils, perfumes, and more. The transparency of glass allows for better visibility of a vessel’s contents, but glass is also more breakable than other materials. The key to transporting fragile glass is how it is packed. When placing multiple glass containers in a wooden crate or case for shipping or travel, the practicality of a rectangular form is obvious. These two bottles (displayed with SK 2006.645.INV) were hand blown using rigid molds to form the straight walls. It is a design that works—from the 3rd century to the 18th, these “case bottles” were widely produced.

-Aaron Miller, Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Jan. 2017)

Tags:
ancient; archaeology

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