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Glass jug

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
mid-1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown in a three-part mold
Dimensions:
H.: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) Diam.: 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Anna Palmer Draper, 1914
Accession Number:
15.43.167
  • Description

    Translucent streaky pale purple, with handle in uncertain color.
    Rim, folded out, over, and in; broad flaring mouth; slender cylindrical neck; convex curving shoulder; cylindrical body, expanding downwards, then cup-shaped lower section; low circular base, with rounded edge and bottom concave at center; rod handle attached in a pad to shoulder, drawn up, round, and in, and folded onto underside of rim with slight fold above rim. A mold seam runs down sides; a separate cup-shaped section probably forms the lower body and base.
    On shoulder, frieze of indistinct downturned raised tongues and twenty-eight upturned raised tongues on lower body, joined by a broad central band of two facing horizontal laurel sprays with matching pairs of leaves and berries, bordered above and below by a single raised line.
    Most of rim and part of neck missing; many pinprick bubbles; deep pitting and brilliant iridescence on exterior, creamy weathering on handle.

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