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ROMAN GLASS AMPHORISKOS

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on March 20, 2017

ROMAN GLASS AMPHORISKOS

The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

Of the 5th. – 6th. century A.D.         Isings form: 65

↑ 12.3 cm | Ø rim mouth 7.7 cm  Ø shoulder 11.5 cm  Ø base 5.8 cm│

Technique: Translucent glass blown to a globular shape, with wide flaring neck, rounded rim; two handles applied, dropped on the shoulder, pinched with a tool, drawn up and pinched again at three fourth towards the rim, attached to the rim, excess part pinched for the third time and placed horizontally above rim; slightly concave bottom, no pontil mark.

Description: Handles made of the same translucent glass; heavy light brown encrustation mixed with silvery iridescence almost all over the body, leaving practically no place uncovered.

Condition: Complete with no cracks.

Remarks: According to the typology of handles by Morin Jean (1913), no 5: Anses faites  a l’imitation de types métalliques, type λ , handles made in imitation of silver and bronze vessels (formes 93-95 du tableau du morphologie générale) the amphoriskos can be dated as from the first to the second century A.D. Hans van Rossum states the technique, the way of folding the handles, has been in use troughout the centuries as far as the 6th. century and points at the two handled jar in the Museum of Newark (no 181, p. 142) of the 6th-7th century, also with a wide flaring neck, bringing the amphoriskos into the Islamic era.

 

Provenance: From a dutch private collection. First publication.

 

Reference: Morin Jean, 1913, p 36-40, types du Romain I, type λ.  C.Isings, 1957, form 65, p 84.  v. Saldern cs, collection Hentrich 152, nr 226.  Auth, 1976, no 181, p142. Antiken Museum Berlin, 1977, 145, p 72. Whitehouse, 1997, CMG vol I, no 298, p 170. (4th. century)

 

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