Exhibitions/ Art Object

Jug with Stylite

5th–7th century
Made in Syria (?)
Glass, mold-blown, light green with dark green handle and thread decoration; trailed-on handle and neck ring
H: 5 9/16 in. (14.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale University Art Gallery, The Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection (1955.6.149)
Not on view
Stylites were ascetics who lived on platforms atop columns. This movement had practitioners into the nineteenth century, from Mosul in today’s northern Iraq to Gaul in France. Syria was home to large numbers of stylites, including the first stylite, Symeon Stylites the Elder (ca. 389–459).
Depicted on the four sides of this jug are a stylite on a column, a ladder, a censer, and five dots; a lattice pattern; a bird; and a cross flanked by rows of four dots. Such vessels may have been used to collect oil or water sanctified through contact with stylite relics.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.