Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

ROMAN GLASS VESSELS WITH POLYCHROME BLOBS AND ZIG-ZAG TRAILING

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on October 8, 2020
Trier and Naumann-Steckner, Zerbrechlicher Luxus: Koln-ein Zentrum antiker Glaskunt, Marcus Trier and Friederike Naumann-Steckner, 2016

The examples here show a distinct group of Roman glass bowls and cone beakers probably made in the Western Provinces during the first half of the 4th C. AD.  The main bodies of these drinking vessels were manufactured of slightly greenish glass and were then decorated. The glass artists used plain trails, zig-zag trails and blobs using sometimes as many as four different colors: amber yellow, emerald green, golden brown and blue.  When applying the glass blob, at the point where the hot drop of glass hit the wall of the vessel it became soft and formed a dent that can sometimes be felt on the inside wall.

Below are additional examples.

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  1. wynkin said, on October 8, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Amazing so modern!


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