Bottle with Handle

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Object Name: 
Bottle with Handle
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Overall H: 30.2 cm, Diam (max): 29.8 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
Although glass vessels were never as cheap as earthenware, they had several advantages. They were easy to clean, they did not impart an odor to their contents, and they allowed one to see the contents even when the vessel was sealed. Thanks to glassblowing, the Romans were able to make large vessels for storing liquids and other perishable goods. Bottles with a broad cylindrical body and a wide strap handle were commonly used, especially in the western provinces of the Roman Empire. Examples have been found in Italy, the Rhineland, Belgium, France, and England. These finds suggest that the bottles came into use in the second quarter of the first century A.D. During the Flavian period (A.D. 69-117), square and cylindrical bottles were especially popular.
Bemberg, Jurgen von, Source
Primary Description: 
Transparent bluish green; handle has black inclusions; body blown in mold, handle applied. Bottle: broad cylindrical body; rim folded out, up, and in to form thick, somewhat irregular flange which slopes down to lip; neck cylindrical, wider at bottom than at top; shoulder flat, with rounded edge; wall tapers slightly, then curves in at bottom; base plain, slightly concave; no pontil mark. Wide strap handle dropped onto shoulder, drawn up, bent sharply in, and attached to upper neck, after which residue of glass was folded over and up; lower part of handle ribbed.
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 30-31; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 30-31; BIB# 135965
Bottle with Handles (adult) (2011)BIB# 131520
Plastik sanatlarda cam malzemenin uygulanisi (2003) illustrated, p. 18, fig. 2.3, row 3, # 4; BIB# 120381
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume One (1997) pp. 184-185, #324; p. 356, #324; BIB# 58895