A fine Roman glass jug. Pale green translucent glass, skillfully formed. Eastern Mediterranean, circa. 200 - 400 A.D.
This vessel would have been part of a set of Roman glass tableware that included cups or beakers, bowls and dishes.
Condition: Good. Stress fractures from prolonged burial (see photos) otherwise completely solid (can be picked up). Nice patina.
Dimensions: 11.4cm High, 8cm wide approx.
Provenance: Ex. Private collection, Mister F. H. from Rotterdam, Netherlands, established between 1950-1990.
Glassblowing developed in the Syro-Palestinian region in the early first century B.C. and came to Rome with craftsmen and slaves after the area's annexation to the Roman world in 64 B.C. The new technology revolutionized the Roman glass industry, stimulating an enormous increase in the range of shapes and designs that could be produced. Glassworker's were no longer bound by the technical restrictions of the casting process. Blowing allowed for unparalleled versatility and speed of manufacture. These advantages spurred an evolution of style, form and experimentation, leading craftsmen to create unique shapes; examples of which include flasks and bottles shaped like human heads, fruits and animals.
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