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Glass jug

Early to Mid Imperial
late 1st–2nd century A.D.
Glass; blown in a dip mold and tooled
Height: 7 15/16 in. (20.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent blue green; handle in same color.
Everted rim, with rounded outer lip, folded in and down, and smoothed into side of mouth; broad, funnel-shaped neck; narrow, sloping shoulder; bulbous body with side tapering downwards; shallow concave bottom, with two shallow oval dimples at center; a broad, plain handle attached to upper body over ribs, with horizontal tooling marks on flattened lower edge, drawn up in a curve, with tooling marks on underside, and applied to rim, with slight overhang and two rounded vertical projections above; handle flanked by two extensions along outer edge of rim, tooled into vertical ridges (four to left of handle, five to right).
On body, sixteen spiral ribs of varying length and shape, running from right to left.
Intact, except for the outermost ridge to right of handle; few bubbles, some blackish streaks in rim; slight dulling and faint iridescence, with patches of limy encrustation and weathering.

Jug with diagonal ribs on the body; the upper attachment of the handle is spiked.
Said to be from Vaison, France (Froehner 1879, p. 110)

Until 1881, collection of Jules Charvet, Le Pecq, Île-de-France; 1881, purchased from J. Charvet by Henry G. Marquand; acquired in 1881, gift of Henry G. Marquand.
Froehner, Wilhelm. 1879. La verrerie antique: déscription de la Collection Charvet. no. 87, pp. 74, 110 , Le Pecq: Jules Charvet.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1881. Twelfth Annual Report of the Trustees of the Association for eight months ending December 31, 1881. pp. 215-6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. p. 334, pl. 88e, New York: W. E. Rudge.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1958. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln: herausgegeben von der Archäologischen Gesellschaft und dem Römisch-Germanischen Museum Köln. Bd. 4: Das naturfarbene sogenannte blaugrüne Glas in Köln, Bd. 4. no. 26.266, p. 25, Berlin: Archäologischen Gesellschaft und dem Römisch-Germanischen Museum Köln.

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