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Glass barrel jug

Attributed to Frontinus
Late Imperial
3rd century A.D.
Glass; blown in a three-part mold
4 9/16in. (11.6cm)
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.
Tubular rim, folded out, round, and in, and flattened on top; slightly uneven cylindrical neck; broad, slightly sloping shoulder; cylindrical body with slightly convex sides; flat bottom, slightly pushed-in at center, with small round pontil mark; broad, flat strap handle attached to top edge of body, drawn up vertically, then turned in and down, and trailed on to underside of rim and top of neck. Body blown into a three-part mold of two vertical sections, extending to base of neck, joined to a disk-shaped base section.
Body shaped and decorated like a barrel with three horizontal bands of roughly equal width: a central plain band flanked above and below by bands comprising six continuous horizontal ribs; on bottom, a faint circle around center with indistinct marking outside it, perhaps vestigial lettering.
Intact; many pinprick bubbles; small patches of weatehring and faint iridescence.

Barrel jug of greenish hue, with one handle.
Said to be from Amiens, ancient Samarobriva, France

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. p. 62, 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.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1961. Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln. Bd. 6. Römisches geformtes Glas in Köln., Die Denkmäler des römischen Köln, Bd. 6. p. 59, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter & Co.

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