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La Bouteille Mercure CEVHODIA d'Arles : Cheminements et vicissitudes d'une documentation archéologique

Danièle Foy
Journal of Glass Studies
Vol. 51 (2009), pp. 144-153
Published by: Corning Museum of Glass
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24191235
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

A Mercury bottle marked "CEVHODIA" was discovered in Aries, along the Rhone, in the 18th century. This object, which soon disappeared, is best known from the Montfaucon engraving, but many other representations were made. Six of these illustrations, created by six scholars who had never seen the bottle itself, are presented in this article. Several differences in the drawings are noted. For example, B. de Montfaucon represented the fragmentary object as complete, and E. Calvet even specified its height. The interpretation of the central emblem, an animal, varies from one illustration to another. The mark, as well as an inscribed stone that was also discovered in Aries, was studied by local scholars because both inscriptions consisted of the letters "DIA." These studies resulted in such confusion that the two discoveries were finally mixed up.

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