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WHEEL-ABRADED ROMAN GLASS JAR

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on March 29, 2012

WHEEL-ABRADED ROMAN GLASS JAR of Nico F. Bijnsdorp

WHEEL-ABRADED ROMAN GLASS JAR

Close-up of WHEEL-ABRADED ROMAN GLASS JAR

Date & Origin: 4th century AD. Eastern Mediterranean.

Size:H= 11.5 cm. D max= 11.8 cm. D rim= 9.5 cm. D base= 4.3 cm. Weight 224 gr.

Classification: Isings 1957: Form 94.

Condition: Intact. Crack across base. Iridescence and weathering, especially in abraded area.

Technique  Free blown. Wheel-abraded. Foot applied.

Description: Transparent pale greenish-blue glass. Jar with squat globular body on applied coil-foot. Short flaring neck to mouth with thickened rim, rounded in flame. Below the rim a thick applied coil wound around neck. Body decorated with wheel-abraded arcades, consisting of eight fluted pillars, each on a broad base and topped by broad capitals, connected by close zigzag arches. Abraded circles with central dot between the pillars.

Remarks: This bulbous jar is reminiscent of Isings form 94, which she dates to the 2nd century AD, but the rare wheel abraded decoration is more common on 4th century AD glasses like the engraved jar in the Royal Ontario museum, Hayes 1975, No. 590. The decoration however, may also have been applied in the 4th century on a jar from the 2nd century. It has been suggested that the abraded decoration had been filled with white paint. XRF-analyses has proven that the white of the arcades is pure (iridescent) glass and not paint.

Published: Antiek Glas 2001, video film Allard Pierson Museum. , Beek 2001, Antiek Glas, de kunst van het vuur, No. 13. ,Christies 3 July 1996, No. 316. ,Sheppard & Cooper Ltd, 1994, No. 53.

Exhibited:  Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, Antiek Glas, de kunst van het vuur, 17 May – 16 September 2001, No. 131. , Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, 29 April – 28 August 2011, No. 239.

References: Hayes 1975, Ontario Museum, No. 590, Sotheby’s London 4/5 June 1979, The Constable Maxwell Collection, No. 266, (for the decoration).

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