The Populonia Bottle

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Object Name: 
The Populonia Bottle
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Overall H: 18.4 cm, Diam (max): 12.3 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
Roman glassmakers normally polished their cut decoration. On some occasions, however, they left these areas rough to create a contrast between the granular surface of the decoration and the smooth surface of the background. This is known as abrasion. The Populonia Bottle is an outstanding example of late Roman abraded decoration. It is one of a group of nine similarly shaped vessels decorated with waterfront scenes and inscriptions. The scenes on some of these vessels depict a lake, a palace, an oyster bed, a jetty, and columns. The inscriptions identify the setting as Baiae, a Roman harbor town and resort on the Bay of Naples. The Populonia Bottle shows famous buildings in and around Baiae. Its name records the findspot, Populonia (near modern Piombino) in Tuscany, where it was discovered about 1812.
Smith, Ray Winfield, Source
Primary Description: 
Transparent pale green glass; blown. Globular with slender tapering neck. Rim unworked; neck expands towards body with slightly concave bottom. Wheel-abraded decoration on body, combining waterfront scenes and inscriptions. At top, "ANIMA. FELIX. VIVAS" and palm frond. Below, water; barrel-roofed building on piles, joined to similar building by bridge; above these, "STAGNV. PALATIV."; below bridge, frame supporting weighted ropes and "OSTRIARIA"; water: mole with four arches ending in prow-like feature; on the mole, building with saddle-back roof, two columns surmounted by statues of warriors and two-arched structure supporting four-horse group; in the first building, "RIPA"; between the columns "PILAE".
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Via Appia: sulle ruine della magnificenza antika (Via Appia: On the Ruins of Ancient Magnificence)
Palazzo Ruspoli 1997-02-04 through 1997-06-09
Palazzo Memmo 1997-10-11 through 1998-04-10
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass
Yokohama Museum of Art 1992-10-12 through 1992-12-13
Glass of the Caesars
British Museum 1987-11-18 through 1988-03-06
Romisch-Germanisches Museum 1988-04-15 through 1988-10-18
Musei Capitolini 1988-11-03 through 1989-01-31
Corning Museum of Glass
Shanghai bo li bo wu guan = Shanghai Museum of Glass (2014) illustrated, p. 102; BIB# 149066
Poseidon and the Sea (2014) illustrated, p. 100; BIB# 134837
Saveurs antiques "A table avec les Gallo-romains" (2013) illustrated, p. 19;
Die Thermen der Romer (2013) illustrated, p. 102; BIB# 135236
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 36-37; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 36-37; BIB# 135965
The History of Aquaculture (2011) illustrated, p. 22; BIB# 125886
Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants (2010) illustrated, pp. 92-93, #1; BIB# 115588
Historie du Verre: L'Antiquite (2005) illustrated, p. 149; BIB# 76552
The Decanter: An Illustrated History of Glass from 1650 (2004) illustrated, p. 33, pl. 32; BIB# 67221
Antikes Glas (Handbuch der Archaologie) (2004) illustrated, p. 417 (Taf. 336); BIB# 83444
387 d.c./ambrogio e agostino/le sorgenti dell'europa (2003) illustrated, p. 185, fig. 2; pp. 183-184; BIB# 78110
An Iconographical Study of Baiae Group Flasks: Are Vaulted Buildings Fishponds or Not? (2003) illustrated, pp. 73-77; p. 74, fig. 1; p. 75, fig. 3; p. 76, fig. 4; BIB# AI57271
Romantic Interlude (2003) illustrated, p. 55;
Le vin romain antique (1999) illustrated, p. 21, fig. 20; BIB# 64132
A Venerable Keepsake: Souvenirs from Ancient Rome (1999) illustrated, p. 64;
Enciclopedia Dell'Arte Antica, classica e orientale (1997) illustrated, p. 1025, fig. 1301, left;
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume One (1997) p. 221; pp. 270-272, #458A-C, p. 377, #458A-B; BIB# 58895
Via Appia: sulle ruine della magnificenza antica (1997) illustrated, p. 103; BIB# 148848
La Cuisine Romaine Antique (1992) illustrated, p. 169, fig. 211;
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 25, #16; p. 246; BIB# 35679
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 28; p. 31, #21`; BIB# 33211
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 54-55, pl. 19; BIB# 33819
Glass Of The Roman Empire (1988) illustrated, pp. 48-49, fig. 20; pp. 7, 9; BIB# 32608
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (postcards) (1987) illustrated, #19; BIB# 34348
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, pp. 208-209, #116; BIB# 31831
Title Unknown (Ann Arbor News) (1982-11-21)
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 29, #21; BIB# 21161
Roman Flasks with Scenes of Baiae and Puteoli (1975) illustrated, pp. 54-55, fig. 1;
Title Unknown (Burlington) (1973-12) pl. XI;
Abraded and Engraved Late Roman Glass from Portugal (1970) illustrated, pp. 30-32, fig. 8;
Underwater Discoveries around the Bay of Naples (1967) illustrated, pp. 212-214;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 5 (1963) p. 143, #15; BIB# AI87079
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 172-175, #353; BIB# 27315
Das Glas im Altertume (III) (1908) pp. 640-646; BIB# 27426