Glass jug

Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian
1st half of 1st century A.D.
Glass; blown in a four-part mold
H.: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
Translucent turquoise green, with handle in uncertain color.
Rim folded out, round, and in, with beveled edges; 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 rounded 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 three small holes and cracks in upper ridge below shoulder; pinprick and larger bubbles, blowing striations, and large black impurity streaked across bottom; pitting, dulling, iridescence, and patches of thick creamy weathering on handle, shoulder, and neck.
Said to be from Scythopolis (Beit She'an, Israel)

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1913. "Department of Classical Art: Recent Accessions of 1912." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8(2): p. 29.

Eisen, Gustavus A. and Fahim Joseph Kouchakji. 1927. Glass: Its Origin, History, Chronology, Technic and Classification to the Sixteenth Century, Vol. 1. p. 253, pl. 52f, New York: W. E. Rudge.

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. II.2.a, p. 84.

Stern, E. Marianne. 1995. Roman Mold-Blown Glass: The First through Sixth Centuries. p. 167 n. 3c, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider.