AN EXCEPTIONAL ROMAN BLOWN GLASS PITCHER - For Sale
AN EXCEPTIONAL ROMAN BLOWN GLASS PITCHER
c. 2nd-3rd Century A.D.
A high quality pitcher with a globular body, long neck and everted rim and applied handle from rim to shoulder. Fine iridescence. Found in Jericho. Excellent, original condition.
4.8 inches (12 cms)
Plexiglass stand, shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority
“The Wonders of Ancient Glass at the Israel Museum”, (Jerusalem, 1998)
The rise of the Roman glassmaking industry roughly coincided with the discovery of glassblowing during the mid first century B.C. The technique revolutionized ancient glass production as its range of shapes and designs were produced so economically that glass became part of every average ancient household. Small glass bottles could have been used to store cosmetics. Large ones could have been tablewares such as cups or pitchers or storage containers. Some glass objects were left in sanctuaries as votive offerings or placed in tombs after their contents had been used to annoint the dead.
Glassblown vessels replaced the small core-formed glass bottles and jugs previously made by winding threads of molten glass around a sand or clay core that was removed after the glass had cooled. Glass could be free blown on the end of a blowpipe or blown into a mold for shaping purposes. Roman glassmakers also relied on casting glass with the lost-wax method or by fusing powdered glass under heat in a closed and reusable mold. Pinching, pushing, and pulling still-hot glass with pincers; altering the color of glass by adding certain metal oxides; and applying threads of additional molten glass to existing forms were among the many practices within the Roman glass industry for further decorating their wares.