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Glass jug with indented sides

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
4th–5th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Glass; blown using a dip mold, tooled, and trailed
Dimensions:
H.: 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.194.205
Not on view
Translucent honey yellow; handle and trails in pale blue green.
Rounded rim; broad, flaring mouth; slightly conical neck, expanding at base to collar; sloping shoulder; body with convex-curving side tapering downward to thick round bottom with large pontil scar; broad strap handle with shallow irregular ribbing on exterior attached to top of body, drawn up vertically, folded in, and trailed onto underside of mouth over trail decoration, ending at rim.
Single horizontal trail around underside of mouth; another trail, slightly overlapping would around lower neck; close-set ribs on shoulder and body, slanting down from right to left and becoming fainter towards bottom; on upper body, ten deep vertical indents.
Intact; some large elongated bubbles; dulling, iridescence, and patches of limy encrustation.
Said to be from Phoenicia (modern Lebanon)

Froehner, Wilhelm. 1903. Collection Julien Gréau. Verrerie antique, émaillerie et poterie appartenant à M. John Pierpont Morgan no. 1284, p. 178, pl. 242.4, Paris.

Lightfoot, Christopher S. 2017. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art : Ancient Glass. Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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