Bottle with Wide Mouth and Cord Decoration

  • Eastern Mediterranean or Italy
  • 5th - 6th centuries A.D.
Catalogue Entry

This bottle was free-blown from greenish translucent glass. The mouth is a wide expanse, the neck narrows slightly before the shoulders swell and then contract to the base. A foot is attached and the center of the base has a pontil mark. The neck, shoulders and body overall are surrounded by thin decorative threads arranged at small intervals. Sixteen decorative pillars of glass extend from the shoulder to the mouth in handle-like forms, and they are well balanced with each other. This would probably have been used to hold cosmetics.