Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

MINIATURE AMPHORA

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on March 3, 2012

MINIATURE AMPHORA of  Hans van Rossum

05

End 3rd century – 4th century AD. Eastern Mediterranean.

Size↑ 5.7 cm. | ø 2.9 cm. (body) | Weight 24 g

Technique: Free blown. Handles, foot and coil applied.

Description: Transparent cobalt blue glass, biconical body, long cylindrical neck with constriction at the junction with the body. Disk-shaped foot, coil ring and two angular handles of pale to colorless green glass. Handles applied on the shoulder, drawn up and attached to the edge of the rim, forming a thumb-rest. A coil ring just below the rim. No pontil mark. Rare.

Condition: Intact. Perfect condition.

Remarks: It is still indistinct what the function was of miniature glass jugs. It is suggested that they were made as a gift for a child that had died.

Provenance: Jerusalem art market, Biblical Antiquities – Gil Chaya, Jerusalem 2008.

Reference: Schitterend Glas, R. Halbertsma p. 7. Comparable miniature vessels.
Archaeological Museum Pula, Croatia for a collection of miniature vessels.

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