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Glass jug

Period:
Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
Date:
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown in a four-part mold
Dimensions:
H.: 3 13/16 in. (9.7 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Bequest of George D. Pratt, 1935
Accession Number:
37.128.9
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent cobalt blue, with handle in same color.
Rim folded out, round, and pressed into flaring mouth; cylindrical neck with irregular indents around top; convex sloping shoulder; cylindrical body with recessed central panel, then cup-shaped below; low circular base with flat lower edge and flat bottom; a strap handle applied to shoulder in a large bifurcated pad, drawn up in an outward curving loop, and pressed onto top of neck and underside of rim, with projecting thumb rest above rim. Three mold seams run from base of neck, across shoulder, and down sides to top of prominent horizontal ridge; a separate cup-shaped section forms the lower body and base.
Decoration in three registers: on shoulder, downturned tongues in raised outline, interspersed at bottom with pointed darts, with two horizontal raised ridges below; on body, central panel divided into three sections by a vertical thrysos-like staff or rod, with bud-like knobs on each end, floral sprays shoot out horizontally from each staff in symmetrical but different designs of ivy, vines, and laurel with berries, with a plain raised band below expanding outwards to prominent horizontal ridge; above the base, a frieze of twenty-four upturned tongues in raised outline, interspersed at top with pointed darts; on bottom, three raised concentric circles, decreasing in thickness towards center, and central small knob.
Intact, except for two tiny holes in upper ridge below shoulder; bubbles and blowing striations; slight pitting, patches of thick creamy weathering on handle and neck, whitish weathering and iridescence on body, soil encrustation on interior of neck.

This jug was blown into the same mold as three other vessels in the collection: another jug (12.212.3), a two-handled bottle (13.198.6), and a fragmentary bottle (15.43.223).
Harden, Donald Benjamin. 1944–1945. "Two Tomb-Groups of the First Century A.D. from Yahmour, Syria, and a Supplement to the List of Roman-Syrian Glasses with Mould-Blown Inscriptions." Syria, 24: no. 2b, p. 84.

Stern, E. Marianne. 1995. Roman Mold-Blown Glass: The First through Sixth Centuries. pp. 166-7 n. 3b, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.

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