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Bottle, Figure of Seated Old Man

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CULTURE American
  • Place Manufactured: United States
  • DATES 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 11 3/8 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/8 in. (28.9 x 10.8 x 10.5 cm)  (show scale)
    INSCRIPTIONS On legs of man, molded: (proper right leg) "POLAND" and (proper left leg) "WATER" On man's back, molded: a life-ring with "POLAND MINERAL SPRING WATER"; within ring, interlocking letters in fancy script "P M S" On back of bottle, along bottom, molded: "H. RICKER & SONS PROPRIETORS"
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. V. B. Howe
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION American. Bottle, Figure of Seated Old Man, 19th century. Glass, 11 3/8 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/8 in. (28.9 x 10.8 x 10.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. V. B. Howe, 40.378. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 40.378.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 40.378.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Colorless pressed glass bottle molded into shape of seated male figure holding a staff; he is barefoot, has long hair and a long beard, and is wearing robes and a short turban (perhaps a philosopher?). Cylindrical neck and ringed mouth of bottle rise from turban. Bottle for Poland Spring water. CONDITION: Fair; all over dirt, especially in crevices; manufacturing imperfections, including several bubbles in glass, a foreign substance enclosed in the glass and surrounded by small cracks in the back of the "seat," and a rough spot on underside in center where bottle was broken off mold.
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