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Glass jug with snake-thread decoration

Mid Imperial
late 2nd–3rd century A.D.
Roman, Rhenish
Glass; blown and trailed
H. with handle 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Colorless with pale green tinge; handle in same glass; trails in translucent light blue and opaque yellow.
Funnel-shaped neck; broad, sloping shoulder; convex curving side, tapering downwards; outsplayed tubular base ring, made by folding; kick in bottom with central pontil scar; strap handle applied to shoulder, drawn up and outward in a gentle curve, then folded in, down, and back, and trailed onto top of rim.
On body, two blue and two yellow partially serrated snake-thread trails in an alternating pattern of similar abstract curvilinear designs; on upper part of handle, a short yellow trail, tooled into horizontal ribs.
Broken and repaired, with all of rim and most of neck missing, and several large holes in body; few bubbles, but many elongated bubbles and a few black impurities in handle; dulling, faint iridescence, and patches of brownish weathering.
1933. Collection Dr. Feldmann, April 10, 1933. no. 98.

Faider-Feytmans, Germaine. 1954. Verres antiques de la collection Ray Winfield Smith, 8 mai - 15 sept. 1954. no. 227, p. 40, pl. XXI, Brussels: Editions J. Duculot.

Corning Museum of Glass. 1957. Glass from the Ancient World: the Ray Winfield Smith Collection. no. 316, p. 155, fig. 316, Corning, New York: Corning Museum of Glass.

von Boeselager, Dela. 2012. "Römische Gläser aus Gräbern an der Luxemburger Strasse in Köln: Typologie, Chronologie, Grabkontexte." Kölner Jahrbuch, 45: pp. 253-54, fig. 365.

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