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Glass jug

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
3rd–4th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown, trailed, and tooled
Dimensions:
H.: 7 in. (17.8 cm) Diam.: 1 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 1/16 in. (4.4 x 7.9 x 5.2 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
81.10.170
Not on view
Colorless with light green tinge; same color handle and trails.
Plain, rounded rim; flaring mouth; short cylindrical neck, expanding downwards and joining imperceptibly with biconical body; outsplayed tubular foot rim, made by folding; deep kick in bottom, with large jagged pontil scar; four-ribbed strap handle, applied to body just above greatest diameter, with claws extending downwards, the two outer ones being larger and each tooled to have a pinched, horizontal projection; handle drawn out and up, curved in, and folded onto underside of mouth and edge of rim, with one hollow roll, on top of trail.
A thicker trail wound slightly more than once around underside of mouth; another thinner trail wound six times in a spiral around neck.
Body intact, but top of handle broken and repaired below hollow roll (with alien piece of glass); bubbles and blowing striations; some soil encrustation, especially around neck, slight dulling, whitish weathering, and brilliant iridescence.
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.
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.

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