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Glass jug with trefoil rim

Period:
Late Imperial
Date:
late 4th–mid-5th century A.D.
Culture:
Roman, Syrian
Medium:
Glass; dip-molded, mold-blown, and trailed
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Museum Accession
Accession Number:
X.21.207
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Translucent green, with same color handle and trail.
Trefoil rim with thick folded lip; broad flaring mouth; cylindrical neck expanding downwards; curving shoulder with large overhanging rounded collar below; straight side tapering downwards; thick base with pushed-in bottom; central pontil scar; thick rod handle applied to shoulder, drawn up and out, then pinched into fold with loop above, and trailed on to back and underside of rim.
On neck (now detached), single fine trail wound round three or four times in a spiral. On collar and body, close-set spiral ribs descending from left to right; on body only, narrow vertical ribs creating a slanting notched pattern.
Intact, except for part of trail around neck, and with small crack in back of rim and mouth; blowing striations, some pinprick bubbles, and black impurities in handle; slight dulling and pitting, with faint iridescence on exterior, patches of creamy brown weathering and iridescence on interior.

Similar to X.21.213 but with a more elaborate rim and handle.
Said to be from Tyre, Phoenicia (Lebanon)

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