Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

OPAQUE BLUE ROMAN GLASS JUG

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on November 27, 2016

OPAQUE BLUE ROMAN GLASS JUG of David Giles

1st century AD | Probably made in Italy | 16 cm high

Technique: Body free blown with integral foot pushed in and tooled to form base.

Description: Handle joined from shoulder to rim and doubled over at the base to form a fine tapering trail back up the middle of the handle. The glass has a swirling grain pattern to it created by a lighter mixture within the blue.

Remarks: Although a rare form in glass it is a common shape found in metal jugs at Pompeii.

Reference: Only one close parallel known, an almost identical example in the Getty Museum. Figure 85  Wight-Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity, Karol B. Wight, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2011

Provenance: Ex Hans Lutz Romanowski (1928-2010) collection, Berlin. Obtained by him from Arete gallery Zurich 1984.

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