Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by David Harris
Fine blown jug with applied bosses
Eastern Mediterranean
4th century CE
Colorless glass with greenish tinge, blown
H: 31; Diam: 15.2 cm
Gift of Sarah and Yaakov Salomon, Haifa
Accession number: 81.43.115
No close parallel is known to this magnificent large jug on a high conical hollow base. It belongs to the group of fine jugs produced during the fourth century CE, in both the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe. Exceptional in their size, shape, and decoration, these vessels were influenced by metal prototypes. The jug is made of colorless glass with a greenish tinge. The decoration appears mainly on the body, with four rows of lozenges tooled from trails winding around the vessel. Applied plaques are set in the middle of each lozenge, impressed as rosettes. The pinched trail around the rim and other trail decorations around the neck, bottom, and base complement this elaborate ornamentation.

The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005
Israeli, Yael, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum: The Eliahu Dobkin Collection and Other Gifts, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, 2003

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir