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Glass jug

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; mold-blown
Dimensions:
H.: 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. (9.5 x 6.4 x 2.9 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.229
Not on view
Translucent pale blue green, with same color handle.
Everted rim, folded down, round, and in; flaring mouth; tall neck expanding downwards; sloping, slightly convex shoulder; squat body with hexagonal sides; low base with flat bottom; bifurcated handle attached to shoulder, drawn up and out in a curve, then turned in horizontally and trailed on to edge of rim and top of neck in several folds.
Decoration in relief in three registers: on shoulder, six arches, each containing an unidentified domed object; on body, six square panels, divided by columns with capitals and bases, each containing an object: 1, a footed bowl; 2, a pine cone; 3, a footed jar with rounded objects (fruit ?) emerging from its rim; 4, a footed jug with long S-shaped handle; 5, another pine cone; 6, a handled vase with conical lid; below, continuous band of twenty-two radiating upturned tongues; on bottom, raised broad circle around edge and dot at center.
Broken, with most of rim and part of neck missing, cracks in shoulder, and small hole in panel 4; pinprick bubbles; slight dulling and faint iridescence, with patches of creamy brown weathering and encrustation.

Made in the same mold as 17.194.230.
1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan. no. 1172, p. 162, pl. 214.2.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2005. "Anomalies amongst Early Roman Mould-Blown Glass Vessels." Annales du 16e Congrès de l'Association Internationale pour l'Histoire du Verre, Jennifer Price, ed. p. 85, fig. 1, Nottingham: Association internationale pour l'histoire du verre.

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