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   PA-3019 - Ancient Roman Cosmetic Jar with Ribbed Body



PA-3019:  Ancient Roman Cosmetic Jar with Ribbed Body circa 4th Century AD. (93 x 70 mm 3 11/16 x 2 5/8 inches).  A very scarce example of ancient Roman blown glass with ribbed decoration. This free-blown container is crafted of nearly colorless glass.  The shape is quite sophisticated and technically difficult, with a funnel mouth with narrow projecting roll and an ovoid body embellished with twelve tooled ribs that were achieved while the glass was still in a semi-molten state. The kicked-up base shows a pontil mark. The surface patina exhibits burial incrustation and patches of vivid bluish iridescence. Excellent condition.

Ref: see Roman Byzantine and Early Medieval Glass, Ernesto Wolf Collection, 2001, catalog # 116 for an eastern Mediterranean jar of nearly identical shape and decoration attributed to Roman Syria.

The survival of this fragile glass seems nearly miraculous.  The iridescence is due to the glass reacting to the soil- producing incredible shimmering iridescence that has long captivated the imagination of the most ardent collectors and artists.

Inventory Number: PA-3019


Charles Edwin Puckett
Contact   Charles or Teresa Puckett Phone: 330-668-0032
Period: Pre-1600
Date: c. 4th century AD
Origin: Ancient Roman
Condition: Excellent
Measurements: 93 x 70 mm 3 11/16 x 2 5/8 inches
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