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ROMAN GLASS BEAKER

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 29, 2018

(72R) Allaire collection

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ROMAN GLASS BEAKER H: 10.2 cm, Rim D: 8.5 cm, Date: 1st – early 2nd century, Possibly Western

 

The beaker is made of colorless glass with a slight greenish tint and has a hint of iridescence.  It was blown with ribs applied to the parison, inflated further and a thin trail applied below rim.  The 15 ribs are straight with a very slight swirl.

(72R) ROMAN GLASS BEAKER

 

Reference: Glaser Der Antike, Sammlung Erwin Opperlander, 1974 #650, Whitehouse, Roman Glass in the Corning Museum, Vol 2, 2001 #657 (Swirled ribs), Ancient Glass, Charles Ede Limited, 2006 #24 (swirled ribs)

 

Roman Glass Pilgrim or Lentoid Flask

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 28, 2018

50R Pilgrim Flask H: 13.8 cm Date: 3rd to 4th Century

 Remarks:This late Roman glass is a colorless pilgrim flask with blue handles.  It is called this because of its flattened shape making it easy to slip into a bag carried by a traveler.

Published: Solid Liquid Catalogue (#188 p. 103) ex. Shalom Collection

Ref: Kofler Truniger #44, EDE #7-49, Benzian Collection #101, Newark # 171, #459, Mersey Side #A20, Royal Ontario #389, Barakat p. 9

Also see Venetian pilgrim flask click on the link below

Facon de Venise Glass Pilgrim Flask

 

Late Roman Bottle with Spectacle Decoration

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 27, 2018

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

Fourth Century

Stern# 162, Israel Museum p. 53

52R Roman Bottle with Spectacle Decoration 4th C 10.5 cm

52R Roman Bottle with Spectacle Decoration 4th C 10.5 cm

ROMAN GLASS AUBERGINE SPRINKLER FLASK

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 23, 2018

(79R) Aubergine Sprinkler The Allaire Collection

Date: 3rd – 4th Century Height: 8 cm, Diameter: of rim 3.5 cm Condition: Very good

 

Remarks:This small and delicate sprinkler flask was blown of pale aubergine glass.  The bulbous body is decorated with six vertically pinched ribs tapering off near the bottom of the vessel.  The plain narrow neck splays out at the rim, the thin lip edge turned under. No pontil mark.  It is fairly common to find glass sprinkler flasks with pinched ribs from the Eastern Provinces and many have been classified as pomegranate-shaped. These often show tiny toes protruding from the base.

References: Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Blass Vol. III, #1155, P.151, Ancient Glass, Charles Ede Ltd, May 1993 #3, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum, 2003, #279, 280 P. 226, ( live link) Pomegranate Sprinkler from The Augustinus Collection on ancientglass.wordpress.com web site.

BLUE ROMAN GLASS ACETABULUM

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 15, 2018

(77R) The Allaire Collection

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77R Blue Acetabulum

Date: 1st C. AD From: Eastern Mediterranean probably Italy Dimensions: H: 4cm  D: 7cm

 

Description:  Free blown dark blue glass hemispherical cup with high protruding rim and folded flange. Inside the rim the wall curves in creating a narrow ledge. Base ring no pontil mark.

Condition: Complete with silvery iridescence

References: Glass with a Divine Touch, Frides Lameris Glass and Antiques, 2017, #63, Roman and Early Byzantine Glass, Hans van Rossum, 2011, p. 40, Fire and Sand, Princeton University, 2012, #138

Remarks:  Romans often drank a mixture of vinegar and water and had a special container for this called an acetabulum. This is from the Latin acetum (vinegar) and abulum the suffix denoting a small vessel.   Today the word is used only as a medical term to describe the cup-like shape in your hip that the thigh bone sits in. Usually made of pottery, some in the first Century, as in this example were made of glass and often found in Italian graves.  Below are three examples found on this site.

ROMAN COBALT BLUE ACETABULUM

ACETABULUM

ROMAN GLASS CUP (ACETABULUM)

 

 

ROMAN POMEGRANATE-SHAPED SPRINKLER FLASK

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 8, 2018

From The Allaire Collection

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(47R) Date: 3rd-4th Century AD,  H: 11.5 cm

Remarks: 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.

Ref: Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum, S.H. Auth no. 149

Also to see additional posts from contributing collectors follow the active links below

ROMAN GLASS POMEGRANATE-SHAPED SPRINKLER

of Hans van Rossum

 

and

POMEGRANATE SPRINKLER/ RIBBED UNGUENTARIUM

The Augustinus Collection of Ancient Glass

 

LONG NECK ROMAN GLASS BOTTLE WITH BEAUTIFUL IRIDESCENCE

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 27, 2018

(46R) Date: 2nd -3rd Century AD H: 19.7 cm

Remarks: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.

Ref: Loudmer, Kevorkian, 1985, Collection Monsieur D # 336

GREEN ROMAN GLASS TRAILED JAR

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 23, 2018

(45R) Date: 3rd to 4th Century AD, H: 8 cm

Remarks: A pale-green twin handled jar has a depressed globular form with indented base and wide flaring neck.  The body and neck are decorated with a continuous spiral thread. The jar is almost clear and is in excellent condition.

Exhibited: Newark Museum FIRE AND LIGHT EXHIBITION AT THE NEWARK MUSEUM

Ref: Charles Ede, June 1990, # 28

AUBERGINE ROMAN GLASS COIL PITCHER

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 20, 2018

(44R) Date: 4th Century, H: 14.5 cm

Remarks: This aubergine glass pitcher has an ovoid blown body with an applied trail decoration and handle of light green glass.  The excellent state of preservation makes this elegant jug an extraordinary work of the late Roman glass industry.

Ref: Newark Museum # 121, FIRE AND LIGHT EXHIBITION AT THE NEWARK MUSEUM

 

 

SIDONIAN BOTTLE WITH SCROLL DESIGN

Posted in 2. Ancient Glass, CATEGORIES OF GLASS TYPES ON THIS SITE, Roman Glass by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 18, 2018

(43R) First Century A.D. H: 8cm

Remards: This is a light violet mold-blown bottle with a single light green handle which was probably made in Sidon.  Sidon is located in the modern country of Lebanon and has been a glass manufacturing center from the time it was a Phoenician city about 4000 BC.  It may be the city where glass was first made.  During the Roman period Sidon also continued to be a glass manufacturing center.  A large group of these small mold-blown bottles of this type are thought to come from this area and were made in the first Century.  Sidonian bottles were made in many different motifs and colors but are all in the general size and shape of this example.

Additional examples on this site: AMPHORISKOS, MOLD-BLOWN SIDONIAN JUG, AMPHORISKOS WITH “FLOATING HANDLES”, JUGLET WITH COBALT BLUE HANDLE

Ref: Constable Maxwell #105 (light brown), Stern 1995, Toledo Museum # 55, Nico F. Bijnsdorp book FASCINATING FRAGILITY # 230 (manganese), The Windmill Collection of Roman Glass (manganese with cobalt blue handle)

 

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