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TWO SMALL ROMAN GLASS JUGS AND AN APOTROPAIC MIRROR

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 28, 2018

 

TWO SMALL JUGS AND AN APOTROPAIC MIRROR of Hans van Rossum

Date: 5th century AD | Found in the surrounding area of Sebaste (Samaria-Israel) Left:Size↑8.0 cm | ø 4.8 cm | Weight 36 g Right: Size↑6.8 cm | ø 4.3 cm | Weight 28 g

Technique: Free blown, Handles and threads applied

Description: Pale blue glass, bell-shaped bodies, cylindrical neck encircled with respectively eleven and twelve revolutions of turquoise glass thread. A revolution of thick glass thread just below the rim. The rim, kicked off and polished, the angular turquoise glass handles applied to the shoulder, drawn up and attached to the top of the neck. Base indented, rest of pontil mark.

Condition: Intact, one jug clear and the other one with some weathering

Provenance: Jerusalem art market 2008

Reference: Sotheby’s New York, auction 17 December 1998 lot 238, Roman Glass, reflections on Cultural Change, S.J. Fleming plate E.2. p. 3 for a similar example, found in Beit She’an, Israel

APOTROPAIC MIRROR

Size: ø 10.6 cm

Description: Molded, white plaster disk, then painted; three iridescent glass fragments embedded into circular cavity. One big piece in the center and across the disk four others, two                      missing. The disk itself decorated with a series of twelve geometric designs of three circles each. The disk is pierced for hanging.

Condition: Intact, two glass fragments are missing

Remarks: Cast plasters mirrors with glass fragments date from the fifth to six century. Apotropaic refers to objects such as amulets and talismans or other symbols like mirrors were apparently placed into graves in order to ward off evil spirits (Bianchi 2002) This apotropaic mirror was found in a tomb, together with the two small jugs. Rare.

Provenance: Jerusalem art market 2008

Reference: Reflections on Ancient Glass from the Borowski Collection, R.S. Bianchi (ed.) no. LA-47b-47d, p. 325 Archaeological Center Tel Aviv, auction 56 lot 449


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