ROMAN DOUBLE-BODIED GLASS JUGLET of Nico F. Bijnsdorp
2nd – 3rd century AD. Eastern Mediterranean.
H= 9.0 cm. D max= 9.2 x 5.8 cm. D rim= 3.7 x 2.2 cm.
D base= 6.5 x 2.8 cm. Weight 74 gr.
Condition: Intact. Glossy. Some weathering.
Technique: Free blown. Tooled. Handle applied.
Description: Transparent natural green glass with aquamarine tinge. Handle with reddish streaks.Two small bottles with spherical bodies,slightly concave bases and cylindrical necks were fused together by pressing the bodies and necks atone side to its counter part,slightly obliquely, resulting in one sloping shoulder and an opposite depressed shoulder. The necks tapering up ward to one rounded and one in folded rim, both flattened on top. Pontil mark at junction of the two bottoms. Handle of same glass with red streaks attached to shoulders and rims at join between the two bottles. Surface fire polished.
Remarks: This “oil and vinegar” jug was not a real novelty: double and even triple juglets of this type were rather common. They were always fashioned from more than one paraison and fused together while still hot.
Published: Groen & Rossum 2011, Romeins Glas uit particulier bezit, p. 59.tiek Glas 2001, video film Allard Pierson Museum.Sotheby’s 12 June 1997, No. 212.
Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), Romeins glas uit particulier bezit,29 April–28 August 2011, No. 72. Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, de Kunst van het Vuur,17 May – 16 September 2001, No. 70.
References:Israeli 2003, Israel Museum, No. 209.Auth 1976, Newark Museum, No. 116.Cima & Tomei 2012, Vetri a Roma, No. 65.Sotheby’s 4/5 June 1979, Constable Maxwell Collection, No. 218.Sotheby’s 7 July 1994, Benzian Collection, No. 150.