Glass juglet with vertical ribbing
Early Imperial, Flavian
2nd half of 1st century A.D.
Glass; blown in a two-part mold
3 3/16 x 2 x 1 3/4 in. (8.1 x 5.1 x 4.4 cm)
Gift of Dr. John C. Weber, in honor of Anya Stout, 2000
Translucent cobalt blue, with colorless handle.Everted rim, folded over and in; uneven cylindrical neck; globular but slightly lentoid body; circular low base with rounded edge; uneven, flat bottom; rod handle attached in a large claw pad to top of body, drawn up and out, turned in and trailed onto top of neck and underside of rim, with vertical loop above rim. One continuous mold seam around body, but misaligned causing one side of bottom to be higher than the other.On body, twenty-two vertical rounded ribs.Intact; pinprick bubbles; pitting, patches of weathering, and brilliant iridescence.
"Melon-shaped" bottles form a relatively rare type of early mold-blown glass, probably made in Syria. Several examples are recorded from ancient cemetery sites in Armenia, Georgia, and the Crimea, whereas the type is not known in the western half of the Roman empire.
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