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Glass hexagonal jug

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Glass; blown in a multi-part mold of two vertical sections and a cup-shaped base
H.: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless with translucent purple streak from rim to bottom, with colorless handle.
Tubular rim, folded out, round, and into mouth; concave cylindrical neck; sloping, rounded shoulder; straight-sided hexagonal body, expanding downward; convex undercurve; flat circular bottom; strap handle attached in two large ribs to shoulder and top edge of body, drawn up and slightly out, then curved in, and pressed on to top of neck and underside of rim, with projecting flattened thumb rest above.
On shoulder, frieze of indistinct downturned tongues; on body, six rectangular panels, with vertical raised edges, containing objects associated with the Dionysiac cult: 1. crossed, double-ended thyrsi; 2. a footed jug with spout to left and high handle to right; 3. a footed amphora with high handles; 4. a syrinx (pan pipes); 5. a circular object with central protruding boss (a phiale mesomphalos or, perhaps, a cymbal); 6. a footed crater with high handles, all of which are suspended horizontally from a vertical string; around bottom, a frieze of thirty-one upturned, rounded tongues in raised relief; on bottom, raised circle around edge, a fine shallow circle surrounding a thicker and higher ring around a hollow central boss.
Intact; few bubbles; soil encrustation and whitish weathering on exterior, large patch of dark brown weathering and brilliant iridescence on interior.

The six rectangular panels around the sides are decorated with Dionysiac symbols including crossed thyrsi, a syrinx (panpipes), a round object (possibly a tamborine or a cymbal), and three different vases.
Said to be from Attica, Greece (Froehner 1879, p. 64, note 1)

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. 63-4 n. 1, 76 n. 4, 139, pl. XXVIII, 114, 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. 3. p. 717, n. 4, Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann.

Stern, E. Marianne. 1995. Roman Mold-Blown Glass: The First through Sixth Centuries. pp. 163-4, n. 13b, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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