Glass hexagonal jug

Roman, Syrian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Translucent pale blue green, with same color handle.
Outsplayed rim folded outward, over, and inward; broad, funnel-shaped mouth, joining imperceptibly with cylindrical neck, expanding slightly downwards; convex curving shoulder; cylindrical body, tapering downwards; slightly pushed-in bottom, with central pontil scar; rod handle, applied in a pad to outer edge of shoulder, drawn up and outwards, slightly bent sideways, then tooled in and trailed onto underside of mouth and rim, ending slightly above top of rim.
On body, six elongated rectangular panels, flanked with prominent vertical ribbed edges and decorated with different impressed patterns: three panels contain similar tall stylized palm frond with leaves to either side of central stem; a fourth panel has a shorter palm frond or leaf with rounded top edge and dots above; the fifth panel has two vertical lozenges that form a relief cross at the center; and the sixth panel has a bust of a man, facing front, with ears, eyes, nose, and mouth, and a row of dots below chest; on bottom, an indistinct petalled rosette.
Body and neck complete, but broken and repaired at top and bottom of handle, with one section of rim and mouth missing; some bubbles, elongated in neck; dulling, small patches of soil encrustation, some creamy brown weathering, and iridescence.

Glass hexagonal jug, Glass, Roman, Syrian

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