It was during the period in 4th Century that turquoise decoration gained popularity. The example shown here is an excellent representation of how it was most commonly implemented. This zig-zag design was further accented by making the handle and applied collar ring from the same turquoise glass. The pitcher was made of light green glass which has weathered over the ages to this almost gold patina.
H: 9 cm
Hans Cohn #50, Boston #58
Hexagonal Roman Bottle
The olive-green color of this hexagonal bottle and its diminutive size make it an unusual example. Probably made in the Second or Third Century, it differs from the later Byzantine types by its thinly blown sides and precise mold markings on the bottom. The base of the vessel is molded in relief with six spokes radiating from a central boss, each termination with a raised dot. It has been suggested that this type may have been made in the Western Provinces
H: 9 cm
Second to Third Century
03R A SHALLOW DISH
Dishes of this type were often used in sets during the Roman Imperial Period. This particular dish of blue/green color has a brilliant iridescence covering the interior base. It has a profiled thick rim with a high concave base. The dish has been mended. It is possible that this bowl is not Roman but from the early Islamic period 7th or 8th century.
First Century A.D. ?
H: 4.5 cm. Rim D: 12.5 cm.
Cf. Saldern 1980 # 137
Late Roman Glass Jar with Chain Decoration
This late Roman glass jar is light green in color and free-blown. The piriform body is concave on the underside and has a wide flaring mouth with a rounded rim with applied dark blue trailing wound spirally up the rim. There are three trails wound around the body and tooled at intervals to form a pattern of bisected ovals called chain trailing. The trailing on this object is similar to a Juglet from the Hans van Rossum collection and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Accession Number: 37.128.6.
H: 11.1 cm 4th C. AD October 2002
SMALL SILVERY ROMAN BOTTLE
During the first and second centuries a large group of simple bottles developed from the early “tear drop” shape. This example has a slender piriform body, short tubular neck with a slight neck constriction. The silvery iridescence covering the entire piece adds to its simple beauty.
From Syria. H: 6 cm Rim D: 1.75 cm 1-2 century Cf. APC # T247
22R ZIG-ZAG JAR
The short-neck jar is a type of Roman glass which first appeared in the Third Century AD and became a common shape during the 4th and 5th Centuries. Its characteristic globular body was often decorated with pinched ribs, indentations or trailed-on threads. The example here is one of the most classic designs of the type. This jar is made of pale yellow-green glass, having turquoise handles and light turquoise zig-zag trailing. It has a pontil mark and is intact.
H: 9 cm D: 7.5 cm
4th. to 5th. Century AD
Israel Museum #5, A.P.C. CR-85
Monochrome Ribbed Glass Bowl
This broad shallow ribbed bowl was probably made in the Syro-Palestinian area or Italy. It is of pale blue-green glass and made from a thick round disc. The ribs were formed hot with a pincer tool and then the disc was slumped into a bowl shape over a form. The exterior shows the 23 ribs set vertically on the body which along with the rim was fire polished. After being annealed and cooled the interior of the bowl was rotary polished and two incised concentric circles made.
Date: 1st C. BC to 1st C. AD
H: 4.5 cm
D: 15 cm
Ref: The Fascination of Ancient Glass #18, Glass: The Eighth Wonder of the World #22, Fire and Sand Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum #19, The Bomford Collection #33, Toledo Museum of Art, Early Ancient Glass #339, Fascinating Fragility, Nico F. Bijnsdorp, P.52, Roman and Early Byzantine Glass, Hans van Rossum, P. 19
The olive-green color of this hexagonal bottle and its diminutive size make it an unusual example. Probably made in the Second or Third Century, it differs from the later Byzantine types by its thinly blown sides and precise mold markings on the bottom. The base of the vessel is molded in relief with six spokes radiating from a central boss, each termination with a raised dot. It has been suggested that this type may have been made in the Western Provinces.
H: 9 cm
Second to Third Century
Roman Two-Handled Bottle with Trailing
Pale yellow-green glass was used to create this two-handled bottle. The un-marvered threads wound around the body demonstrate a common decoration used by First Century glass makers. The slightly out-turned mouth and pad foot combine to enhance the pleasing proportions of this bottle. The shape and decoration of this example are typical of pieces made during this period.
H: 13 cm
Ref: Oppenlander #644, Paris Sale #157
Roman Zig-Zag Jar
This is a Roman jar with zig-zag trailing between the top of the rim to the shoulder of the body. It was probably made in Egypt.
Third-Fourth Century A.D.
H: 7 cm