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Glass hexagonal jug with Dionysiac symbols

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
Glass; blown in a three-part mold
H.: 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881
Accession Number:
Not on view
Translucent deep purple, with handle in semi-opaque colorless with greenish tinge.
Tubular rim, folded out, round, and into flaring mouth; cylindrical neck, tapering downward; convex sloping 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 out, then curved in, and pressed on to top of neck and underside of rim, with projecting flattened thumbrest above. Slight mis-alignment of vertical sections of mold on one side above cup section.
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) suspended horizontally from a vertical string; 5. a circular object with central protruding boss (a phiale mesomphalos or, perhaps, a cymbal); 6. a footed crater with high handles; 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.
Broken, with several cracks and two holes, one in shoulder, the other in body below handle; handle streaked with black impurities; dulling, iridescence, and patches of whitish weathering on exterior, creamy brown weathering and iridescence on interior.
Said to be from Syria (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. 63-64 ns. 1, 4; 76, 138, pl. 4.18, 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. 215-16, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 2. p. 629, fig. 267, Leipzig: K. W. Hiersemann.

Kisa, Anton. 1908. Das Glas im Altertume, Vol. 3. pp. 716-17 n. 1, 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. 15-16, fig. 13.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930[1911]. The Room of Ancient Glass, : pp. 15-16, fig. 13.

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, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Stern, E. Marianne. 1995. Roman Mold-Blown Glass: The First through Sixth Centuries. p. 163 n. 10a, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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