Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on January 14, 2017


The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass


        Of the 4th. to 5th. century     H: 10.1 cm,  D Rim: 5.2 cm, W Shoulder: 4.15 cm, W Body: 3.7 cm.


Technique: Blown into a ribbed mold; rim out-splayed with tubular lip by folding; short rather bulbous neck, tapering toward the end of the neck; shoulder tapering down into parison, inflated in dip-mold, withdrawn and blown to size and shape; base with slightly concave area; no pontil mark visible.

Description: Transparent, almost colorless glass vessel with funnel shaped mouth, wider than body; vertical decoration on wall of 18 straight vertical ribs.

Condition: Intact, with silvery iridescence on the inside, on which sandy encrustation.

Remarks: 18 straight vertical ribs plus parison shoulder and wide mouth gives the total of the bottle a reminiscence of a date-palm with short or pruned branches. An allusion probably to what content the jar once had.

Provenance: From Collector Antiquities London, 2007. Before, likely from Syro-palestinian background. Now in a dutch private collection.

Reference: Baur, 1938, p. 544, no: 100. Silberheim Collection, 1952, p. 28, lot 103. Hayes, 1975, pp. 113-114, no: 433. Whitehouse, 2001, CMG vol.II, p. 119, no: 618.

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