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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 21, 2018

SPRINKLER WITH FINS of Joop van der Groen



Roman Empire, Syrian-Palestinian area │ 3th – 4th century AD
Size: ↑ 9,2 cm; Ø max. (excl. fins) 6,5 cm; Ø rim 4,6 cm. │ Weight: 75 gram

Technique: Free blown. Tooled.
Description: Transparent bluish-green glass with a few small air bubbles. Body and neck separately blown and then pressed together. Short cylindrical neck with a small oval opening in the base. Funnel shaped mouth with a glass-thread at the underside. Rim folded outward, upward and inward. Bulbous body with two rows of four fins pulled out of the glass. Base flat, lightly pushed in upward. No pontil mark.
Condition: Intact with some weathering.
Remarks: A typical mark of sprinklers is the very small opening at the base of the neck that enables perfume to be poured out drop by drop. Sprinklers were used for sprinkling oneself as refreshment against the heat.  In the Roman time sprinklers were named gutturnia (singular: gutturnium).
Provenance: 2004 Galerie Rhéa, Zürich (Switzerland). Before 2004 in a private collection, Bern (Switzerland).
Published: Romeins glas uit particulier bezit (J. van der Groen & H. van Rossum, 2011).
Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL), “Romeins Glas, geleend uit particulier bezit”, 29 April – 28 August 2011, exp. no. 127.
Reference: Gläser der Antike – Sammlung Erwin Oppenländer (A. von Saldern, 1974), no. 692; Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum (J. Hayes, 1975), no. 157; Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum from the Eugene Schaefer Collection of Antiquities (S. Auth, 1976), no. 147; Römische Kleinkunst – Sammlung Karl Löffler (P. La Baume en J. Salomonson, 1976). no. 178; Glas der Antike – Kestner-Museum Hannover (U. Liepmann, 1982). no. 97.

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