Roman Green Glass Jug with Trefoil Rim and Handle


An exquisite Ancient Roman glass jug blown in pale translucent green, featuring an oval body sat upon a rounded conical foot. The vessel displays an elegant long cylindrical neck with a wide out-splayed rim that has been folded into a decorative trefoil shape. This design was used for better control over the distribution of liquid that it contained. A single handle has been applied from the rim to the shoulder. The base and the handle exhibit a slightly darker green colouring, adding different hues to the jug.

Date: Circa 4th-5th Century AD
Provenance: Ex major S.M collection, London 1970-2010
Condition: Fine condition with a hairline crack visible behind the handle on the neck and a repair below the handle. Some minor blowing striations.


SKU: WF-19 Category: Tags: ,

Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines because it was not porous. The small body and mouth of the vessels allowed the user to carefully pour and control the amount of liquid dispensed. By the 1st century AD, the technique of glass-blowing had revolutionised the art of glass-making. The new technique allowed craftsmen to use smaller amounts of glass for each vessel and obtain much thinner walls, so enabling the creation of small medicine, incense, and perfume containers in new forms. These small glass bottles are found frequently at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries, and the liquids which filled them would have been gathered from all corners of the expansive Roman Empire.

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

Weight 95.4 g
Dimensions H 17.4 cm



Reference: For a similar item,The Metropolitan Museum, item X.21.168

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