Glass hexagonal jug

Roman, Syrian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171

Translucent light blue green, with same color handle and trail.
Outsplayed rim folded outward, over, and inward; neck funnel-shaped at top, then cylindrical; sloping shoulder with rounded edge; hexagonal body, tapering downwards, with slightly impressed side panels; deeply pushed-in bottom, with central pontil scar; rod handle, attached in a large pad to edge of shoulder, drawn up and outward, then curved in, with downward fold before being applied to outer edge of rim.
On lower half of neck, single fine trail wound down four and a half turns in a spiral; on body, six elongated rectangular panels, flanked with prominent vertical ribbed edges and decorated with matching pairs of three different geometric relief patterns: vertical lozenges with central dots, a lattice of diamond-shaped bosses, and a stylized palm frond with ten or eleven leaves to either side of central stem; on bottom, a six-petalled rosette.
Intact, but small losses to trail; elongated bubbles in neck and handle; some soil encrustation, dulling, pitting, and iridescent weathering.

From a similar but slightly different mold to that used for X.244. The two shapes show how mold-blown vessels could be finished off differently and made into bottles, flasks, and jars.

Glass hexagonal jug, Glass, Roman, Syrian

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