A Roman Glass Bottle, Roman Imperial, 1st century AD


This small bottle has a flaring lip, a long neck, and thumbprints imprinted in the body to make it square. The bottle is a pale green in color with a slight pearly iridescence.

Dimensions:  Height: 3 1/4 inches

Condition: The lip and neck are cracked and a few pieces are missing around the neck. The piece is slightly iridescence resulting in a pearly sheen present on the bottle body. The piece is in good condition overall.

Provenance: The William R. Crawford collection of Ancient Glass and Antiquities, acquired from the European trade in the 1950's and then by descent. William R. Crawford, a retired American career diplomat and expert on the Middle East and Cyprus, was Director of Arab-Israeli Affairs at the State Department between 1959-1964, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Cyprus thereafter. In the 1970's, he was ambassador to Yemen and then to Cyprus and later became principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East and South Asian affairs. He donated part of his collection to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts prior to his death in 2002.

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