Bottle with Masks

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Object Name: 
Bottle with Masks
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Overall H: 8 cm, Diam (max): 3.7 cm
On Display
Primary Description: 
White opaque glass; mold-blown (bottom of neck and body blown in mold with three vertical parts). Bottle with six sides. Rim is irregular flange made by folding out, up, and in; neck cylindrical, with slight crimp at bottom; shoulder rounded, with overhang; wall vertical, except at bottom where it juts out, then curves down and in; base flat; no pontil mark. Decoration in prominent, but indistinct relief on shoulder and wall. On shoulder: six indeterminate bulbous motifs, one above each vertical rib on wall. On vertical part of wall: six rectangular panels separated by vertical ribs, each containing mask (clockwise): (1) Medusa, with wings projecting from top of head; (2) old man, apparently bald, with long pointed beard; (3) youth, with thick head of hair and mouth half open; (4) Pan or paniskos, with horns and forked beard; (5) man with medium-length beard; (6) man or woman with short hair that curls up at ears. On bottom of wall: continuous band of six pointed leaves alternating with six rounded leaves. Mold seams, which are very indistinct, extend from bottom of neck, down wall between panels 2 and 3, 4 and 5, and 6 and 1, and meet at center of underside of base.
Safani, Esteban, Source
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) illustrated, pp. 38-39, pl. 508; BIB# 58895