An Ancient Roman Iridescent Glass Jar

ca. 4th – 5th century AD
3 in. high (7.6 cm.)
Part of an important glass collection formed in the 1960s-1970s
Condition: Complete, small piece re attached to body, beautiful iridescence.
cf: Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass, Volume I, D. Whitehouse, no. 285, p. 164.

This jar is a variant of the globular jar with a holloq or tubular flange at the bottom of the rim. These jars usually found in the Syro-Palastenian region, similar published examples include, Hayes, 1975, no. 385, p. 105; Oliver 1980, no. 166, p. 104.

Made of transparent rare aubergine color. Jar globular, rim upright with rounded lip and tubular flange.


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