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ROMAN GLASS ARYBALLOS WITH BRONZE CARRYING HANDLE

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 23, 2021

NFB 398 ARYBALLOS WITH BRONZE CARRYING HANDLE

From Nico F. Bijnsdorp

Date/Origin/Dimensions/Weight

Mid 1st – mid 2nd century AD. Eastern Mediterranean, possibly Asia Minor.

H body: 8.4 cm. H handle: 11.4 cm. D body: 7.9 cm. D rim: 3.4 cm. Weight: 180 gr.

Classification

Isings 1957: Form 61.

Morin Jean 1913: Form 33.

Vessberg 1952: Aryballos II, with ring-shaped “mouthpiece”, Pl. IX:36.

Condition

Excellent condition. Some weathering and iridescence.

Technique

Free blown, tooled. Glass handles, bronze rings and carrying handle applied.

Description

Translucent olive-green glass with a yellowish tinge.

The rim folded out-, down- and upward to form a strong collar. Very short tubular neck. Globular body without a pontil mark. Two opposite coil handles dropped on the shoulder, drawn diagonally towards the neck and attached there just below the rim. The body decorated with five horizontal bands of incisions: a deep and wide groove at midpoint of the body with shallow and fine incisions above and below and two bands of similar fine incisions on the lower shoulder and the lower body. Two bronze rings wound through the coil handles. A semi-circular bronze carrying handle, lozenge-form in cross-section, with bent-up finials through the bronze rings. Finials carefully embellished.

Remarks

Mr Edward T. Newell (1886-1941) was president of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) from 1916 till 1941. He was the longest-serving president and the greatest numismatist of his generation. Upon his untimely death in 1941 he bequeathed his mammoth collection of more than 87,000 coins to the ANS. Apart from coins he also collected Roman glass that was donated to Wheaton College in 1966 (see below).

Provenance

The Hanita and Aaron Dechter Collection, Los Angeles, CA, prior to 1989.

The Wheaton College Collection, Norton, MA, deaccessioned in 1978.

The Edward and Adra Newell Collection, bequeathed to Wheaton College in 1966.

Published

K. Hamma, ed., “The Dechter Collection of Greek Vases”, No. 51, p. 85.

Arte Primitivo 11 June 2021, No. 676.

Exhibited

Art Galleries of California State University, “The Dechter Collection of Greek Vases”,

5 May – 2 June 1989 and 26 February – 30 March 1990.

References

Sorokina 1987, JGS 1987, Volume 29, p. 40-46.

Dusenbery 1971, JGS 1971, Volume XIII, p. 9-33.

Saldern et al. 1974, The Erwin Oppenländer Collection, No. 518.

Israeli 2003, The Israel Museum, No. 261.

Matheson 1980, The Yale University Art Gallery, No. 91.

Platz-Horster 1976, Antikenmuseum Berlin, No. 159.

Kunina 1997, The Hermitage Collection, No. 228.

Saldern 1980, The Hans Cohn Collection, No. 129.

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