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Intact Roman Glass Rectangular Jug

Roman, Imperial period, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. A beautiful pale blue glass vessel, its rectangular body mold-blown to a squared-off profile, with graceful rounded corners on the shoulder in contrast to the sharper angles of the base, a short cylindrical neck, and a thick, everted rim. A ridged, trailed handle bridges the shoulder to the neck, curving at a sharply acute angle. A beautifully preserved example of the skill of Roman vitriarii (glassmakers), with the faintest trace of iridescence around its upper body. Size: 2.95" W x 6.95" H (7.5 cm x 17.7 cm)

Condition: Intact, with very light deposits on the interior and exterior and a very faint hint of iridescence, especially on the upper body. No pontil on the underside, as the piece was mold-made rather than free-blown.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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