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Bottle (balsamarium)

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Six-sided bottle with stylized lotus leaves rising from molded base. Dolphin on left and right, with eyelets attached to their tails to hold chain for the bottle's stopper (now missing). On the base, inset, concentric relief circles. Green patina with black and brown areas.


By 1986: with Mohammad Yeganeh; Bundenweg 7, 6000 Frankfurt/Main, West Germany; purchased by MFA from Mohammad Yeganeh, November 26, 1986

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st–early 2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 107.


Height x width: 14 x 8 cm (5 1/2 x 3 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World