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Glass amphora (jar)

Early Imperial
early 1st century A.D.
Glass; probably blown in a three-part mold
8 5/8in. (21.9cm) Diameter: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) Width (handles): 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Translucent yellow green; handles in same color
Everted tubular rim, folded over and in; broad, cylindrical neck; convex bulging shoulder; elongated ovoid body tapering to a point; two rod handles applied as pads on shoulder, drawn up and slightly out, then turned in horizontally and pressed on to top of neck and underside of rim.
Thirty-four close-set horizontal ribs, extending from shoulder to lower body, then a plain band before a narrow group comprising one prominent horizontal rib flanked above and below by another shallower rib.
Base or foot missing and crack in top of one handle, otherwise intact; a few bubbles; some dulling, faint weathering, and iridescence on exterior, soil encrustation and iridescent weathering on interior.
Probably made in a three-part mold, comprising two side elements extending from neck to bottom of main ribbing on body and a cup-shaped bottom. It is uncertain whether the vessel had a knob base or a foot, but the former is more probable.

This is an unusually large mold-blown glass vessel, for which no parallel is known. But the quality of the piece suggests that it may be associated with a leading workshop, such as that of Ennion. Three of his products are displayed in the adjacent Augustan gallery.
Said to be from the Roman Campagna.

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. 3, pp. 74, 76, 138, pl. XII, 72, 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.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2014. Ennion: Master of Roman Glass. no. 40, p. 136, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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