Snakethread Bottle

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Object Name: 
Snakethread Bottle
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Overall H: 21.2 cm, Diam (max): 7.4 cm
On Display
Primary Description: 
Almost colorless glass with green tinge; few bubbles; blown, with applied decoration. Rim rounded by fire-polishing; tapering neck; single trail wound three and one-quarter times round neck; slender pear-shape body; body decorated with tooled and stamped cross-hatched trails; two panels separated by vertical trails; each panel contains snake-like trail and bird; trail descends from top left, where it bifurcates, has been flattened and is cross-hatched, in reversed C-shaped zigzag curve toward right edge, and across lower part of panel to left, after which it was drawn in more or less horizontal zigzag to bottom right; intermittent tooling and stamping; bird, usually described as ibis- or stork-like, stands in reversed c of "snake", facing right, with long beak, small circular head, long neck, slender body and tail, and two stick-like legs, one forward and the other back; prominent cross-hatching; ; hollow conical foot with rounded edge made from separate gather; underside flat; pontil scar.
Klejman, J. J., Source
Glassware and Glassworking in Thessaloniki: 1st Century BC-6th Century AD (2017) illustrated, p. 21 (fig. 24);
Fire and Ice: Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum (2012) illustrated, p. 30, fig. 56;
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) pp. 223-224, pl. 794; BIB# 58895
Recent Important Acquisitions, 9 (1967) illustrated, p. 134, #8; BIB# AI97741