A ROMAN GREEN GLASS JUGLET
Catalog:Glass:Roman: stock #1291606
c. 3rd -5th Century CE
Free blown the vessel is composed of a squat, globular body with a long, cylindrical neck terminating in an everted rim. Trailing is applied just below the rim of the vessel and on the neck. A small, loop handle is applied from the upper part of the neck to the lower trailed decoration.
In excellent condition with natural patina 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. 174
David Whitehouse, â€śRoman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass: Vol. 1â€ť (Corning: 1997)
Used for the containment of precious oils and unguents this vessel is not only aesthetically pleasing but is also art historically interesting with regards to the placement of the handle. Generally, vessels such as these have a handle applied either from the rim to the shoulder or from the neck to the shoulder of the vessel. This provided a faithful parallel between pottery vessels as well as provided structural integrity. In the event small handles were used, they were generally applied in pairs. Such a departure from the stylistic norms is not unheard of but is nonetheless intriguing. It most likely indicates a special request on the part of the purchaser of the juglet or a desire to experiment on the part of the craftsman, much in the same way we play with forms and convention today.
â€śNeither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels of gold.â€ť (Job 28:17)