PATTERN-BLOWN SPRINKLER of Hans van Rossum
4th century AD | Eastern Mediterranean
Size↑7.8 cm | ø 6.0 cm (rim) | Weight 70 g
Technique: Body pattern-blown, neck and rim free blown; handles applied
Description: Olive green glass, piriform mold-blown body, heavy collar rim, decorated with six short handles, applied on the bottom of the collar, drawn up, attached to edge of rim and snapped off. Short cylindrical neck with horizontal disk to form a diaphragm with a central hole to allow only a small droplet to be poured out. Highly indended base with rest of pontil. Body decorated with swirling mold-blown ribs.
Condition: Intact and clear, perfect condition
Remarks: This chessman looking piece, is rare and even unique.
Provenance: Jerusalem art market, Sasson Ancient Art Ltd. 2009
Published: Romeins Glas uit particulier bezit, J. van der Groen & H. van Rossum 2011, p. 81, De Oude Flesch, no. 124, 2011, p. 15
Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit, no. 160, 29 April – 28 August 2011
Reference: An identical sprinkler with six handles and the way in which they are applied to the rim is exceedingly rare and no parallel could be found. Identical sprinklers with two traditional handles are more common. Archaeological Center Tel Aviv, auction 20, 28 September 1999 lot 116, Christie’s New York, auction 5 June 1998, lot 191. Christie’s London, auction 29 April 2009, lot 24. (Plesch Collection of Ancient Glass) All parallels without decorative handles applied to the rim.