A BYZANTINE â€śEULOGIAâ€ť HEXAGONAL JUGLET
Catalog:Glass:Byzantine: stock #1291604
c. 6th -7th Century CE
Made of green glass and mold blown this vessel is composed of a hexagonal body with a convex shoulder, a cylindrical neck, a funnel mouth with an everted rim. The primary decoration on the vessel, and certainly the most striking, are the sunken motifs found on the sides of the vessel. Three of the panels contain stylized palm branches with the other three containing geometric motifs in various levels of fineness. The most easily visible design contains a vertical band of lozenges and circles. The other two geometrically decorated panels are similar but not identical. Additional visual interest in provided by elements in aquamarine glass such as the trailing around the neck and the rim of the juglet and the handle applied from shoulder to rim.
In excellent condition with natural iridescence present.
Height: 11 cm (4.33 inches)
Worldwide Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity Included in Price.
Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Israeli, â€śAncient Glass in the Israel Museumâ€ť (Jerusalem: 2003); p. 277; fig. 371-2.
Eulogia: Greek for â€śblessingâ€ť or â€śsomething blessedâ€ť. Used in the Eastern Christian church as an alternate name for the blessed bread distributed after the liturgy.
Produced in Jerusalem, the exact function of these juglets is unclear. However, it is believed that they, like other eulogia vessels from this period, were produced in response to the pilgrimages occurring to Holy Sites in the region. It has been suggested that they were either souvenirs for pilgrims in which to gather water, oil or earth from the sites they visited or that they were used for ceremonial rites in churches.
â€śNeither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels of gold.â€ť (Job 28:17)