Posted 10 months ago
I'd date this one this one more toward the second or third century C.E., but a similar example (see final photo) out of a city in what is now Turkey is all I can base my information off of. Indeed, it is more reflective of Turkey, or 'Levant' as a region, than any other region.
Basically, it's hand-blown, but I'm not understanding how the mould it was blown into was formed due to a certain characteristic of it (the base almost seems separate but cannot logically be). Base is also pontiled from finishing it off.
I believe the top had been dipped into some sort of solution to pearlise it, because the mouth (which still had rock-hard dirt in it when I got it) preserved a beautiful opalescent glaze inside, and there are trace amounts still on the outside of the neck.
The bottle is cracked where the glass had decomposed enough (a swirl where few silicates got mixed in) to, basically, crumble. Other than that and some scratches and the general dull surface of decomposed glass, this apple green piece looks great with a nice overlay of patina on some portions!
Having updated my label info, I just tossed it over my old label as shown. As for what it was used for, that is unknown.
REGARDING MY EXQUISITE DISAPPOINTMENT IN BARNEBY'S
You know, I decided to try Barneby's appraisal service to get more information, and I couldn't be any more disappointed in them. One, I thought an appraisal is supposed to give you a value, and they didn't. Two, I got no new information on it, and I found more information by myself than what they gave to me. Three, their two-day service took four days. Four, I sent in a complaint and never got a single message back, so their customer service is atrocious as well. It's been nearly a month!
So, Barneby's is, in my opinion, a waste of money.