Roman Dark Amber Glass Jug with Pinched Spout

£ 300.00

A very fine, small ancient Roman jug blown from dark amber glass. The vessel features a piriform body sitting upon a concave base. The shoulder gently tapers into a cylindrical neck leading to an everted, out-splayed rim with a small pinched spout. A single handle has been applied to the jug from the shoulder to the rim in the same coloured glass. Spiralling patterns decorate the body showing how the molten glass was twisted during the production process, giving a pleasant allure.

Please check measurements of this vessel.

Date: Circa 1st-4th century AD
Provenance: Ex London private collection, 1970s.
Condition: Very fine condition with earthly encrustations visible on the surface.


SKU: CY-186 Category: Tags: ,

Many items of ancient glassware were designed for tableware use, in particular for carrying and serving water and wine at banquets. Jugs, like this example, were one of the most frequently used containers, and existed in different dimensions and shapes.

The variety of shapes and sizes seen in ancient glassware was achieved through the technique of glassblowing, which by the 1st century AD had revolutionised the art of glassmaking. It allowed for easier manipulation of the glass, but also for a quicker paced production, as 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.

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

Weight 41.2 g
Dimensions W 5.4 x H 7.2 cm



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