Glass jug

Early Imperial
mid-1st century A.D.
Glass; blown in a three-part mold
H.: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Diam.: 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Anna Palmer Draper, 1915
Accession Number:
Not on view
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.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1915. "A Bequest of Mrs. Mary Anna Palmer Draper." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10(5): pp. 94–97.