Late Roman Glass Jar with Chain Decoration
This late Roman glass jar is light green in color and free-blown. The piriform body is concave on the underside and has a wide flaring mouth with a rounded rim with applied dark blue trailing wound spirally up the rim. There are three trails wound around the body and tooled at intervals to form a pattern of bisected ovals called chain trailing. The trailing on this object is similar to a Juglet from the Hans van Rossum collection and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Accession Number: 37.128.6.
H: 11.1 cm 4th C. AD October 2002
Anglo-Saxon or Merovingian Glass Bowl
This pale Merovingian green bowl is decorated with a smooth white trail at the rim. Dating from the Merovingian period, bowls of this type have been discovered in Anglo-Saxon graves.
D: 12 cm
H: 4.5 cm
Late 5th or early 6th C
Ref: Dark ages #20, Corning vol. 2 #652
SMALL SILVERY ROMAN BOTTLE
During the first and second centuries a large group of simple bottles developed from the early “tear drop” shape. This example has a slender piriform body, short tubular neck with a slight neck constriction. The silvery iridescence covering the entire piece adds to its simple beauty.
From Syria. H: 6 cm Rim D: 1.75 cm 1-2 century Cf. APC # T247
22R ZIG-ZAG JAR
The short-neck jar is a type of Roman glass which first appeared in the Third Century AD and became a common shape during the 4th and 5th Centuries. Its characteristic globular body was often decorated with pinched ribs, indentations or trailed-on threads. The example here is one of the most classic designs of the type. This jar is made of pale yellow-green glass, having turquoise handles and light turquoise zig-zag trailing. It has a pontil mark and is intact.
H: 9 cm D: 7.5 cm
4th. to 5th. Century AD
Israel Museum #5, A.P.C. CR-85
Green Pitcher (Juno’s pitcher)
Free blown pitcher with tooling around rim and applied handle. The aesthetics of this object are wonderful for a simple pitcher.
H: 5 1/2 ”
Early 19th Century, South Jersey or New York State
Venetian Filigrana Glass Vase
The pear-shaped body of this Venetian vase is fashioned with two styles of filigrana retortoli canes. The straight neck may have had a lid. The vessel is decorated with clear glass wing handles, single center trail and ring foot also of clear glass. A similar object is in the collection in the Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen.
D: 1700 Venice
Published: A Collection of Filigrana Glass, Kitty Lameris, 2012 #20
Ref: Coburg #452, HansCohn Collection #201, Golden Age of Venetian Glass #127
Photo courtesy of Frides Lameris Art and Antique, Amsterdam
In Catholicism, Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy and some other churches, holy water is water that has been sanctified by a priest for the purpose of baptism, the blessing of persons, places, and objects. As a reminder of baptism, Catholic Christians dip their fingers in the holy water and make the sign of the cross when entering the church. Holy water is kept in a font, which is typically located at the entrance to a church (or sometimes in a separate room or building called a baptistery). A smaller vessel for Holy water, called stoup, is usually placed on a wall near the entrances of the church. Stoups are made of many different materials including glass. Glass stoups were popular in Spain and Low Countries in the 18th Century for churches and private home which had a chapel in them. Below are two examples of stoups from the Allaire collection number 28E, 100E and two additional pictures from other sources.
GLASS HOLY WATER STOUP, SPANISH 28E
H: 9 1/2 in.
This Spanish glass 18th century stoup was used as a basin for holy water in a Roman Catholic Church. It was hung on the wall near the entrance of the church for worshipers to dip their fingers in before crossing themselves.
Ref: Hermitage #34, #16
GLASS HOLY WATER STOUP 100E
H: 26 cm
This clear colorless glass has a mold-blown body with vertical ribbing. The double bowl fans out to a wide rim. The center back features a loop design and decorative edging, and flat pointed top. It was made in the Low Countries or France.
Ref: Rijksmuseum #309 (bowl similar)
Byzantine Bulb-Shaped Lamp
This is an early Byzantine blown glass lamp. Vessels similar to this object have been found in fourth to sixth century contexts in the Republic of Abkhazia, on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. The second picture is an example of the holder the lamp was hung in when used.
H: 8 cm
4th to 6th Century
Monochrome Ribbed Glass Bowl
This broad shallow ribbed bowl was probably made in the Syro-Palestinian area or Italy. It is of pale blue-green glass and made from a thick round disc. The ribs were formed hot with a pincer tool and then the disc was slumped into a bowl shape over a form. The exterior shows the 23 ribs set vertically on the body which along with the rim was fire polished. After being annealed and cooled the interior of the bowl was rotary polished and two incised concentric circles made.
Date: 1st C. BC to 1st C. AD
H: 4.5 cm
D: 15 cm
Ref: The Fascination of Ancient Glass #18, Glass: The Eighth Wonder of the World #22, Fire and Sand Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum #19, The Bomford Collection #33, Toledo Museum of Art, Early Ancient Glass #339, Fascinating Fragility, Nico F. Bijnsdorp, P.52, Roman and Early Byzantine Glass, Hans van Rossum, P. 19
Blue Roman Bottle
H: 13 cm
The deep blue of this glass bottle follows the very popular trend for colored glass during the First Century. Blown paper thin into a simple yet elegant shape, it has an elongated globular body and tall neck ending in a tiny but precisely worked rim. The bottle has been repaired.
H: 13 cm
Ref: Barakat #G36, Hayes 1975 #115, Kevorkian 1985 #149