Exhibitions/ Art Object

Hexagonal Jug with Handles

6th–mid-7th century
Moulded glass
Overall: 4 x 3 1/16 x 2 9/16 in. (10.2 x 7.7 x 6.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, 1899
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
The designs on this jug are upside down, errors that likely resulted from mass production.

These vessels were made for Jews and Christians, possibly as tokens for pilgrims visiting the holy sites in Jerusalem or for use in burial rites. They appear to have been mass-produced in a single workshop, since the vessels for the two religions closely resemble each other in shape and style and differ only in the symbols decorating them. The Jewish vessels depict the menorah (candelabrum), shofar (ram's horn), incense shovel, and lulav (palm branch). The Christian vessels are decorated with several types of crosses. The relief designs were produced by blowing molten glass into a mold.
Said to be from Kafr Kama (now in Israel).; Acquired through Luigi Palma di Cesnola(in 1899)
RICHTER. "Supplement: The Room of Ancient Glass." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 6, no. 6 (1911). p. 18.

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