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MINIATURE ROMAN JUG

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 31, 2012

MINIATURE JUG of  Hans van Rossum

MINIATURE ROMAN JUG

MINIATURE ROMAN JUG

CLOSE-UP OF MINIATURE ROMAN JUG

CLOSE-UP OF MINIATURE ROMAN JUG

3rd – 4th century AD | Eastern Mediterranean

Size↑6.4 cm | Rim 3.0 ø cm, max 2.3 ø cm | Weight 15 g

Technique: free blown, handle and coils applied, tooled

Description: Translucent cobalt blue glass, biconical body. Cylindrical neck with constriction at the junction with the body. Fire-polished, out-splayed rim; heavy glass coil ring applied at the exterior of rim. Base made of a compact heavy coil ring. Angularhandle of pale green glass, applied on edge body/shoulder, drawn up and attachedto rim, making a thumb-rest. No pontil scar.

Condition Intact: silvery iridescence
Remarks: Remarkable is the certain tradition in which the glass blower produced these miniature flasks during the 3rd – 4th century AD. The combination of the glass colors; cobalt blue for the body and pale green for the handle. The way in which he made the base of a simple glass coil. (See HVR 136, p. 255)

Provenance: Ancient Recourse LLC, Montrose CA, USA, auction 19 July 2015 lot 16
Ex Donald Brown Collection, Boston – USA, formed in the 1960s

Reference: Schitterend Glas, R. Halbertsma p. 7, comparable miniature vessels
Archaeological Museum Pula, Croatia for a collection of miniature vessels
Fire and Sand, Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum, A. Antonaras catno. 413

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