Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on April 19, 2016



                              Date: First half – mid-4th century AD | Origin: Eastern Mediterranean, Palestine

                             Size: ↑10.6 cm | ø 7.3 cm (across handles) | Weight 70 g

Technique: Pattern-blown, handles applied and tooled

Description:  Transparent light green glass, slender formed body, funnel mouth and rim folded inwards. Flat base squeezed after blowing the vessel. Two angular handles applied on the body, on an extremely massive way, drawn up and down, attached to edge of rim. Body from shoulder to base covered with mold-blown sharp spiral ribs, curving from upper left to lower right. Pontil mark.

Condition: Intact and clear, perfect condition

Remarks: This is a typical late form of a balsamarium and is found with and without mold-blown ribbing.

Provenance: Tel Aviv art market, Archaeological Center Tel Aviv 2005

Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, exp. no. 164 29 April – 28 August 2011

Reference: Roman, Byzantine and Early-Medieval Glass, Ernesto Wolf Collection, E.M. Stern no. 142, Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection, N. Kunina no. 410, The Fascinating of Ancient Glass, Dolf Schut Collection, M. Newby and D. Schut no. 85, Archaeological Center Tel Aviv, auction 19, 14 April 1998 lot 118 for an identical example with the same ribbed body, Bonhams London, auction 28 October 2009 lot 304 with an identical ribbed body

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