Glass oinochoe (perfume jug)

Eastern Mediterranean or Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199

Translucent cobalt blue, with handle and pad-base in same color; trails in opaque yellow and opaque white.
Applied slender trefoil rim-disk with long spout; cylindrical neck; narrow angular shoulder; straight-sided cylindrical body, expanding downward, and then curving in to applied circular pad-base with thick rounded edge and uneven flattish bottom; strap handle attached in pad to top of body over trail decoration, with horizontal tooling indent above pad, drawn up and round in a loop, arching above the rim-disk, and pressed onto back of rim-disk and top of neck.
A fine yellow trail attached at edge of rim-disk; another unmarvered yellow trail wound spirally six and a quarter times around neck; a third yellow trail, marvered, begun on lower edge of shoulder and wound round on body, tooled into a close-set feather pattern and extending as far as the point of greatest diameter; mingling with it in alternating bands, white trails in eleven vertical panels with alternating upward and downward strokes; below this, a thick white trail would round in a spiral nearly three times; a fine yellow trail wound round edge of pad-base.
Complete, but spout of rim-disk broken and repaired; dulling, pitting, and much of surface covered with creamy white weathering and iridescence.

Among the rarer shapes of Mediterranean Group II vessels are the tall, slender oinochoe (pitcher/jug) with a trefoil spout and the lentoid aryballos with twisted glass canes running between the ring handles.

Glass oinochoe (perfume jug), Glass, Eastern Mediterranean or Italian

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