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A work made of glass, blown technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass, blown technique.


1st-2nd century



About this artwork

The iridescent sheen on this bottle, an artificially created effect sought after by 19th-century glassmaking innovators such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, was not actually intended by or known to their makers. Because of their association with luxury and precious oils and perfumes, these vessels were often buried with their owners in tombs, the chemical conditions of which, over time, have caused the surfaces to deteriorate, resulting in the shimmering, often opalescent, hues that appeal to the modern eye.


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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman




Roman Empire (Object made in)

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1 CE–200 CE


Glass, blown technique


21.7 × 13.3 × 13.3 cm (8 1/2 × 5 1/4 × 5 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

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