Glass jug with snake-thread decoration
- Mid Imperial
- late 2nd–3rd century A.D.
- Roman, Rhenish
- Glass; blown and trailed
- H. with handle 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Fletcher Fund, 1959
- Accession Number:
Colorless with pale green tinge; handle in same glass; trails in translucent light blue and opaque yellow.
Funnel-shaped neck; broad, sloping shoulder; convex curving side, tapering downwards; outsplayed tubular base ring, made by folding; kick in bottom with central pontil scar; strap handle applied to shoulder, drawn up and outward in a gentle curve, then folded in, down, and back, and trailed onto top of rim.
On body, two blue and two yellow partially serrated snake-thread trails in an alternating pattern of similar abstract curvilinear designs; on upper part of handle, a short yellow trail, tooled into horizontal ribs.
Broken and repaired, with all of rim and most of neck missing, and several large holes in body; few bubbles, but many elongated bubbles and a few black impurities in handle; dulling, faint iridescence, and patches of brownish weathering.