Selection of Roman Light Blue Jars with Applied Handles


A selection of fine Roman jars blown from pale blue glass featuring a bulbous body with a concave base. The shoulders taper in to a wide cylindrical neck with a horizontal rib and a wide mouth. Two handles have been tooled and applied to the rim and shoulder.


Date: Circa 3rd-4th century AD
Condition: Very fine condition, encrustation and beautiful iridescence covers the surface.
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Glass production evolved during the Roman Empire with the introduction of glassblowing, which allowed for a great variety of different shapes and styles to be constructed. The technique allowed for easier manipulation of the glass into more intricate designs allowing the vessels to have an assortment of functions. Glassblowing also allowed for a quicker paced production, the hot glass would be blown into a mould and then removed whilst still hot so that the glass maker could still work on it. Different minerals were added to create a variety of colours; a blue tint was created by adding copper.

To find out more about Roman glass please see our relevant blog post: Ancient Roman Glass and Collecting Roman Glass.

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Reference: For a similar item,The Bonhams, London, 8th December 2022, lot 188

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