Four tubes are connected to the upper and lower portions of these ancient Roman glass bottles. The tubes were created by carefully cutting and bending the body of a free-blown glass bottle. Like similar piece from Trier, the Cologne bottle (located on the left) originally had a miniature vessel fused in the middle. The outer edges of the tubes are decorated with notched threads. The corners of the Cologne bottle are additionally decorated with sixteen molded glass shells, which was a typical decorative element used by Roman manufacturers in Cologne. Both these items date from the last quarter of the 3rd century CE. (Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne)
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