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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on March 27, 2012

ARYBALLOS of  Hans van Rossum



2nd century AD | Roman Empire, probably north Italy

Size↑5.1 cm | ø 7.5 cm | Weight 54 g


Technique: Free blown, handles applied; tooled

Classification: Isings 1957 form 61 (variant) | Sorokina 1987 rim type A, handles type C4

Description: Transparent manganese glass, squat globular body with broad and almost flat shoulders. Short wide cylindrical neck tapering towards rim. Outward-flared rim with inward folded lip. Two dolphin-shaped handles drawn from under the rim towards the shoulder, squeezed to form narrow, vertical and circular handles. Concave base with pontil mark.

Condition: Intact, perfect condition, extremely rare

Remarks: This type of aryballos was common in the western part of the empire. The dolphin- shaped handles are characteristic for the Rhineland area but manganese glass was not made in Rhineland, most probably due to lack of the raw material which was necessary to make this color.  The way in which the dolphin-shaped handles are squeezed refers to the specific ‘Dolphin-flasks’, see: Die farblosen Gläser der Frühzeit in Köln, F. Fremersdorf & E., Polónyi-Fremersdorf nos. 202 – 209.

Provenance: Collection Paul E. Cuperus Laren (NL) 2010, collection number PEC 121
Collection professor dr. Peter H. Plesch (UK) 2009 (labeled AGv8hD)
(the father of Peter Plesch was friend and personal physician of Albert Einstein)
London art market; Sheppard & Cooper Ltd. London 1983

Published: Romeins Glas uit particulier bezit, J. van der Groen & H. van Rossum 2011, p. 104
De Oude Flesch, no. 121, 2010, p. 23, Christie’s London, auction Antiquities including the Plesch Collection of Ancient, Glass, 28 April 2009 lot 17

Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, no. 180
29 April – 28 August 2011

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