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Glass two-handled jar with ashes

Period:
Early Imperial, Flavian
Date:
2nd half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown
Dimensions:
H.: 7 9/16 x 9 3/8 in. (19.2 x 23.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.146
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Translucent deep blue green; handles in same color.
Thick, tubular rim, folded out, up, and in, and pressed flat on upper surface and top of mouth; broad cylindrical neck with irregular tooling marks around base; almost horizontal, sloping shoulder with rounded edge; bulbous body; thick slightly concave bottom; two broad strap handles, with five ribs, attached to edge of shoulder, drawn up vertically, then folded in and down on to neck, and trailed off under rim.
Body complete, but one crack in rim, and top part of one handle broken and missing; some pinprick bubbles, especially in handles; faint weathering and iridescence.

In the first century A.D., glass vessels became a popular choice for use as cinerary urns. Many have been found still containing cremated remains, as was this vessel.
Said to be from Augustoritum (modern Limoges, France)

1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 1530, p. 203, pl. 273.2.

Smith, Ray Winfield. 1949. "The Significance of Roman Glass." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 8(2): p. 50.

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