- Museum number
Fluted glass bottle, dark brown; rounded, slightly thickened, flaring rim; broad cylindrical neck merging into piriform-ovoid body; pointed base; decorated by a turquoise blue thread wound around the vessel; deep combing on the neck and body created a chevron pattern and fluting; close to the base the decoration has retained a wavy pattern; fluting in irregular intervals (between 0.4-0.8 cm in the central section of the body); core-formed.
- Production date
Diameter: 6.10 centimetres (body max.)
Diameter: 5.60 centimetres (body min.)
Diameter: 3.40 centimetres (rim max.)
Diameter: 3.20 centimetres (rim min.)
Height: 11.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is presumably the same as the so-called "Phoenician" glass bottle found in the "Kassite grave" 14 (EMG 48). Other fluted piriform glass bottles dating from the 15th-14th centuries BC have been excavated at Assur, Nineveh and Alalakh, and another but unprovenanced, example passed through the New York art market in 2013 (Christie's, 'Antiquities', p.40, lot 40).
- On display (G55/dc1)
- Exhibition history
2013 3 Jul-7 Sep, Okayama Orient Museum, Ancient Glass: Feast of Colour
2013 7 Mar-3 Jun, Miho Museum, Ancient Glass: Feast of Colour
1991 9 Mar-7 May, Japan, Osaka, National Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.1
1991 5 Jan-20 Feb, Japan, Yamaguchi, Prefectural Museum of Art, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.1
1990 20 Oct-9 Dec, Japan, Tokyo, Setagaya Art Museum, Treasures of the British Museum, cat. no.1
- The dark brown glass has weathered to a grey colour and the turquoise blue thread decoration has also partly faded. Small parts of the body, neck and larger parts of the rim have been restored.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number