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Glass jug (oinochoe) with snake-thread decoration

Late Imperial
2nd–3rd century A.D.
Roman, Rhineland
Glass; blown and trailed
H. 5 1/2in. (14cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless with pale blue green tinge; handle in same color; opaque white, opaque blue, and colorless trails.
Trefoil rim, with rounded lip; cylindrical neck, expanding downwards; sloping shoulder; piriform body; tubular base ring; flat bottom with pontil scar at center; strap handle applied in a long pad to shoulder, drawn up and outwards in a curve and then turned inwards (and probably dropped on to back of rim).
Around top of neck, a fine blue trail wound 2½ times in a spiral; on body, four separate trails, flattened and serrated, alternately white and blue, each making a similar abstract curvilinear pattern, and between them four vertical colorless trails, each in a compact key pattern; on handle, part of a single blue trail with projection at top.
Body complete, but broken and repaired handle, with back of rim and top of handle missing; pinprick bubbles and blowing striations, with larger elongated bubbles in handle; pale brownish soil encrustation, whitish weathering, and iridescence.
Said to be from Cologne (Froehner 1879, p. 139, pl. XXV, 105).

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. 6, pp. 72, 78, 139, pl. XXV, 105, 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.

Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 2. p. 458, Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1911. "The Room of Ancient Glass." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 6(6) Supplement: pp. 20, 22, fig. 28.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936. A Special Exhibition of Glass from the Museum Collections: New York, October 13 to November 29, 1936.. p. 7, fig. 3 (center), New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1936[1934]. A Guide to the Collections, Part 1: Ancient and Oriental Art, 2nd edn. p. 44, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Fremersdorf, Fritz. 1938. "Die Henkelkanne von Cortil-Noirmont im Brüsseler Museum, eine kölnische Arbeit." L’Antiquité classique, 7: no. 7, pp. 205-6.

Forbes, Robert J. 1957. Studies in Ancient Technology, Vol. 5. p. 179, fig. 34 (L), Leiden: Brill.

von Boeselager, Dela. 2012. "Römische Gläser aus Gräbern an der Luxemburger Strasse in Köln: Typologie, Chronologie, Grabkontexte." Kölner Jahrbuch, 45: pp. 251, 253-54, fig. 363.

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