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
ROMAN POMEGRANATE SHAPED SPRINKLER FLASK
This is a sprinkler flask where the narrowed opening of the base of the neck enables oil or perfume to be poured out drop by drop. The bowl is decorated with fins and base with toe projections. The piece is intact and is made of light yellow green glass. This type of flask, probably made in Syria, has been found much further to the east as well as in the cities of the Black Sea region.
H: 11.5 cm
3rd-4th Century AD
Newark # 148, Israel Museum #278
This Gallo-Roman beaker was made in the beginning of the Migration Period in the Western Provinces. The elegantly formed beaker is made of light olive green glass and stands on a conical base ring. Intact. Ex: Martin Wunsch collection, NYC.
H: 11.5 cm
D: 4th –Early 5th Century AD
Ref: David Whitehouse, Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass, Volume 1, #177 P.115, Sotheby’s Nov 20 1987 Lot 133, #81, Memoires de Verre, # 74 P. 40, Verreries Antiques der Musee de Picardie # 319 P. 5
TALL CANDLESTICK BALSAMARIUM
A utilitarian bottle from the second century takes on an extraordinary appearance. Weathering has left a beautiful iridescence over virtually the entire piece of glass. This vessel, used for perfume, was designed with a long neck inhibiting evaporation of the precious liquid within.
H: 18.5 cm
2-3rd C AD
Cf. Yale #157. Boston #47, Israel Museum #254
PALE GREEN ROMAN GLASS PITCHER
This beautiful pale green pitcher has a domed body with a flat base slightly hollowed. The graceful neck, funnel-mouth and arched handle combine to make a lovely example of glassware from the period. In addition to the pale color it has patches of unusual “opalescent” type of iridescence. There is a row of faint mold-blown indents on the body which indicates this piece was removed from the mold and further inflated. The green thread handle was first attached at the shoulder then pulled up and attached at the mouth. The piece is intact and was found in Israel.
Third to Fourth Century A.D.
H: 9.5 cm, Rim D: 4.5 cm
Cf. Hayes 1975, #416, #438, APC #Z-15
SMALL BLUE ROMAN GLASS BOTTLE
This precisely shaped globular bottle was probably used for perfume or bath oil. Its delicate proportion and intense cobalt blue color make it a fine example of glass vessels of the period. Unguentaria, or perfume bottles are probably the earliest blown glass vessels. In their simplest form they are merely a bubble on the end of the blow pipe, with little modification beyond a short neck and a flattened base. Many of the early bottles are intentionally colored and these rich colors were a dominate feature in glassmaking until the end of the first century A.D. when colorless glass became more fashionable. This piece is intact and was found in Syria
First Century A.D.
H: 5.2 cm, GD: 3.8 cm
ROMAN CYLINDRICAL BOTTLE
This graceful bottle is completely covered with a shimmering iridescence. Cylindrical bottles of this period are characterized by two types of mouth: one folded in and flattened and the other more common funnel mouth with folded rim as in this example. Both types of bottles are consistently a pale green. Piece is intact. Found in Turkey.
Third Century A.D.
H: 9.8 cm, Rim: 6.5 cm D
Cf. Auth 1976, #443, APC # I-3