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Glass jug

Late Imperial
3rd–4th century A.D.
Roman, Rhenish
Glass; blown and trailed
H.: 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent cobalt blue; handle, trail, and base ring in same color.
Everted rim folded over and in, and smoothed into side of flaring mouth; cylindrical neck, expanding slightly downwards; sloping shoulder; bulbous body, tapering to applied base ring; flat bottom with slight kick and pontil scar; two-ribbed strap handle attached to top of body with long, downward fins at edges, drawn up and outwards in a curve, then turned in and trailed onto underside of mouth over trail decoration and lip of rim, with a hollow projecting loop above.
Thick trail wound horizontally around underside of mouth, then dropped in a fine trail down neck, and then wound horizontally slightly more than once around lower neck.
Intact; pinprick and large bubbles, and some gritty inclusions; slight dulling and iridescent weathering.

With threads around neck.
Said to be from Cologne (Froehner 1879, p. 139, pl. XXV, 102).

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. pp. 72, 76, 116, 139, pl. XXV, 102, 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.

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