Roman glass pitcher 300-400 A.D.

This high quality milky green jar represents one of the most elegant and refined glass forms found in antique glass. Freely blown light green glass, seated on an applied ring base. The body has a somewhat flattened globular shape and represents almost two thirds of the overall height of the piece. The handle is made by hot application of a thick glass ribbon, the same colour as the rest of the piece, and part of the shoulder of the body, ending under the mouth where it is folded. The handle has a convex shape and is made up of two lateral and one central ribs. In the lower part of the neck we find the decoration based on the hot application of a thick glass thread, the same colour as the rest of the piece, as a necklace. For better conservation of its contents, this jug has its original stopper in the shape of a rhomboid. Vessels of different shapes (more or less globular body, high or low neck, ribbed or smooth handles, etc.) and blown in different colours (eggplant, blue, yellow, transparent, green, etc.) between the 1st and 4th centuries A.D. were part of the most demanded glass products. Their success undoubtedly encouraged glassmakers to be highly inventive in creating new versions, even more attractive to the public. With versatility like no other material known in Roman times, the abundant availability, lightness and ease of use of glass allowed the imitation of a wide range of other materials, especially precious metals. On the other hand, the ancients certainly knew that glass is a chemically neutral substance, which makes it particularly suitable for the storage of cosmetics or pharmaceuticals, as well as food and liquids.


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