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Roman glass vase with one handle

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posted on 2022-08-09, 07:54 authored by Centre for Ancient Cultures MuseumCentre for Ancient Cultures Museum

Semi-translucent light-blue and yellow Roman glass jug. Commonly found in burials, this glass vessel was used to hold perfumes or oils. 

Hand blown glass, drop-shaped, globular body with flattened base, cylindrical neck, round-flared and thickened rim, folded over. No decoration, a single dark blue handle is applied and extends from the broad rounded shoulder to the neck and proceeding as a spiral threading around the neck. Some cloudy weathering. .

Date: 1st–3rd century A.D.

Parallels: Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum 32.742; Charlottesville, The Fralin Museum of Art 6567; South Hadle, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum MH 2006.23.1, SK 2006.645.INV; compare with New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art X.245; London, British Museum 135006; compare with Houston, Museum of Fine Arts 31.100, 31.106, 70.91; Jerusalem, The Israel Museum 85.72.115.

References: Kisa, A., Das Glas Im Altertume, Vol. 1, 1908, p. 187, plate 93; Morin, J., La verrerie en Gaule sous l'Empire Romain, Paris, H. Laurens, 1913, Forme 51; Harden, D. B., Roman Glass from Karanis found by the University of Michigan Archaeological Expedition in Egypt 1924–1929, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1936, pl XVIII, p. 612; Isings, C., Roman Glass from dated finds, Groningen: J.B. Wolters, 1957; Bagatti, B., Gli Scavi Di Nazaret, Gerusalemme: Tip. dei PP. Francescani, 1967, n. 61; Folio Fine Art Ltd, Roman Glass, London, May 1971, no. 5 (ill.); von Saldern, A., et al., Gläser der Antike: Sammlung Erwin Oppenländer, Hamburg, 1974, pp. 73-74, p. 179; Kunina, N., Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection, St Petersburg: State Hermitage, 1997, pp. 136-137; Israeli, Y., Barag, D., and Brosh, N., Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum: The Eliahu Dobkin Collection and Other Gifts, Jerusalem: Israel Museum, 2003, p. 226; Stern, M., Roman, Byzantine, Early Medieval Glass 10 BCE-700CE, The Ernesto Wolf Collection, 2001; Wight, K., Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity, Los Angeles: Getty, 2011; Leljak, M., “Typology of the Roman glass vessels from the Croatian part of the province Pannonia”, Haemus Journal, vol. 1, 2021, 121-133; Stojanović, M. M., Šmit, Z., Glumac, M., Mutić, J., “PIXE–PIGE investigation of Roman Imperial vessels and window glass from Mt. Kosmaj, Serbia (Moesia Superior)”, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Vol. 1, 2015, pp. 53-63; Hall, E. H.. "A Collection Made of Antique Glass", The Museum Journal IV, no. 4 (December, 1913): 119-141. Accessed December 20, 2021.

Photo by Steve Morton