Published: May 18, 2018

Catalogue EntryPhotograph of a glass vessel with a teardrop-shaped body and a narrow neck with straight, outward tapering sides, from the side against a neutral gray background.

From the Catalogue of Ancient Glass in the University of Colorado Museum

Gift of H. Medill Sarkisian and Justine Sarkisian Rodriguez (1979)
Transferred to CU Art Museum (2008)
Height: 17.0 cm
Diameter (max.): 7.1 cm
Roman, 3rd to 4th century C.E.

Classification: Isings Form 103; Harden Fabric 4

Description: Tall, narrow funnel neck with unworked rim. Base of neck slightly rounded and then constricted at shoulder. Globular body with flat base. Iridescence obscures original color. Much flaking. Some weathering on body from a bad metal mount. Blown, perhaps in two pieces

Comment: This form generally has an unworked rim, but some examples (von Saldern 1980, no. 156 and Whitehouse 1997, no. 311) do have small lips. Other bottles with unworked rims are Clairmont 1963, nos. 543, 544, and 546-9 and Hayes 1975, nos. 288, 289, and 541. An especially colorful version is Stern 2001, no. 129.


  • Clairmont, C. W. The Excavations at Dura-Europos Final Report IVpt. V: The Glass Vessels. Locust Valley, N.Y: J. J. Augustin, 1963.
  • Hayes, J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto: 1975.
  • Stern, E. M. Roman, Byzantine, and Early Medieval Glass: 10 BCE-700 CE: The Ernesto Wolf Collection. Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 2001.
  • von Saldern, A. Ancient and Byzantine Glass from Sardis. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1980.
  • Whitehouse, D. Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass, v. 1. Corning, NY: Corning Museum of Glass, 1997.