Pitcher, Glass, Roman

Production date
4th Century CE
Country
Italy
State/Province
Sicily
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Object detail

Description
Superb pitcher beautifully balanced, ovoid in shape with tapered neck and out-turned rim which is double ribbed, even and smooth. The neck of the vessel is decorated with a glass trail. The body is of clear/yellow glass. The ribbed handle has a tang at the rim.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman
Production date
4th Century CE
Production place
Measurements
H180mm x W95mm x D95mm
Media/Materials description
Glass
History and use
Glassmaking has evolved through the centuries. Techniques have included inflating glass using a blowpipe (blown), using open moulds (casting), and covering a core with glass (core formed). Artists began to experiment with colour, design, patterns and inlays, which were added for special embellishment. Small imperfections are present - handles are not always level, the body may contain air bubbles, yet these lend uniqueness and charm to each item. Glass was often a luxury item. Jugs were used for storing and serving food and drink, such as oils, sauces, and vinegars.
Registration number
E40212

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