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Glass jug with chain handle

Late Imperial
3rd–early 4th century A.D.
Glass; dip-molded and reinflated, trailed, and tooled
H.: 7 in. (17.8 cm) Diam.: 3 x 5 1/4 x 2 1/8 in. (7.6 x 13.3 x 5.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent pale blue green; trails, handle, and foot ring in same color.
Outsplayed and rounded rim; funnel-shaped neck; tall, conical body; broad, almost flat bottom with central high kick and trace of pontil mark, surrounded by splayed foot ring; chain handle consists of two trails applied to side in thick oval pads, drawn up and out, pinched together five times to form a vertical row of elongated horizontal loops, then trails continue as a single strap-like attachment with hollow loop above and folds below, pressed on to neck over trail decoration.
Thick horizontal trail applied to neck below rim; a thin trail wound more than once around neck just above junction with body; on body, decoration of fifteen fine spiral ribs, formed in a dip mold, extending from neck to edge of bottom.
Broken and repaired, with losses to rim, neck, lower body and outer bottom, and part of one handle loop; few bubbles; dulling, limy encrustation and weathering, and iridescence.
Said to have been found in a tomb in Beauvais, France, in 1863 (Froehner 1879, p. 74).

1863, found in a tomb in Beauvais, France; between 1863 and 1879, acquired by Jules Charvet; 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. 74, 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. p. 215-6, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 2. p. 441, Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann.

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