The natural colored blue-green glass used on this delicate pitcher has virtually no weathered and appears as it would have looked just after being manufactured in the First Century. The simple ovoid body is accented by a ring base. The precise handle is beautifully executed with thin ribs and double fold-over at the mouth.
H: 13 cm
Paris #477 & 478, Hermitage #143
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 free blown bluish green shallow bowl has a flattened rim a tubular ring base and a distinct pontil mark. It has slight weathering.
D: 15.5 cm
Second – Fourth Century
Ref: Hans van Rossum, 2011 HVR 120 (yellowish green), Whitehouse vol. I, 1997 # 81, Nico F. Bijnsdorp, 2010 # NFB 009, John W. Hayes, 1975 # 463
This spherical flask was blown from colorless glass. Around the body are several wheel-cut bands. The long tubular neck ends with a collared rim. The piece is intact and has a beautiful bluish green iridescence.
H: 19.7 cm
2nd -3rd Century AD
Ref: Loudmer, Kevorkian, 1985, Collection Monsieur D # 336
24R DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM
This elegantly free-blown slender shape is emphasized by the most delicate threaded design which wraps around the entire form. The originally light blue-green glass has developed a brilliant iridescence patina over its surface. Balsamaria from this period were manufactured in single, double and the more elaborate quadruple designs and it is assumed that they were all used for cosmetics.
H: 12 cm
4th. to 5th. Century AD
Kof 21, PA 433, N 486
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
Bottle with Spectacle Decoration
This is a Roman flask of colorless glass. It has a spherical body with a pushed-in bottom, a tubular neck constricted slightly at the base, and a rounded rim. Fine trails of aquamarine glass were wound around the neck and body, then crimped into a festoon pattern. This spectacle decoration was popular during the late Roman & Byzantine periods.
H: 10.5 cm
Stern# 162, Israel Museum p. 53
16R AUBERGINE JAR
This globular short-neck jar with a funnel-mouth is a common 4th-5th Century shape. Many of the jars manufactured during this period have a variety of decorations such as pinched ribs, indentations and zig-zag trailing. Those having two or more handles were primarily found in the Eastern Mediterranean area. This jar with pale green handles on an aubergine body is a color combination seen frequently. Jar is intact.
H: 9.5 cm D: 8 cm
4th.-5th Century AD
Barakat #GF 86, p 103
Auth 1976 #469
Bottle with Chain Decoration
This green glass flask is unusual due to the elaborate chain decoration, a late Roman motif, which was transitional into the early Islamic styling. The bottle was made by blowing molten glass into the vessel shape, applying trails which were then pinched to forming the chain decoration. The neck of the vessel is rather elongated giving way to a wide funnel mouth topped by a thick rounded rim.
H: 13.3 cm
Date: 5th-6th Century Late Roman Period
Pittsburg # 190, Luzern # 448, Paris# 513
It is from the earlier glass core-form and pottery shapes prior to the First Century that this vessel takes its shape. The ancient aryballos was a popular shape and copied widely after glass blowing was invented. This example was beautifully executed using auberegine glass with delicate blue handles and was used as a container for perfume.
H: 8 cm
Oppenlander #541, Royal Ontario #122