Janiform Bottle

Roman Imperial Period Late 1st-early 2nd century AD

Sadberk Hanım Museum

Sadberk Hanım Museum
İstanbul, Turkey

Bottle made of opaque cobalt blue glass
with an everted rim, slender cylindrical
neck and flat base. The body has a male
face in relief on each side. One of the
faces is thin and long with a serious
expression while the other is round and
smiling. The body of the bottle is mouldblown.
Similar examples have been found
in the Eastern Mediterranean region and
are thought to have been produced in
Syria or Palestine (see Stern 1995, pp. 221-
222, no. 141).
Bottles of this type are named janiform
after the double-headed guardian god
Janus, who protected the city gate by
watching those who entered with one
face and those leaving with the other (see
Littleton 2005, pp. 770-774).


  • Title: Janiform Bottle
  • Date Created: Roman Imperial Period Late 1st-early 2nd century AD
  • Location Created: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 7.7 cm, D. rim 2 cm
  • Rights: Vehbi Koç Foundation Sadberk Hanım Museum
  • Medium: Glass

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