LARGE ROMAN GLASS OINOCHOE
Measurements: 14.8 cm – height
Description: A Roman blue-green glass oinochoe of a slender piriform body on a flattened and pushed-in bottom, cylindrical neck flowing into flaring mouth with a trefoil lip and a ribbon handle going from the shoulder to the rim. Trailing decorates the lower part of the neck and decorative trail runs on the outer side of the lip. The surface of the glass displays some iridescence.
Even though the original function of oinochoe, its name deriving from Greek vase shapes, was to hold wine, the variety of sizes and materials assume a more diverse use. The shape with wide body and narrow neck prevented liquids held inside from evaporating too quickly, making it ideal for storage of scented oils, unguents, perfumes and cosmetics used on everyday basis.
Reference: Matheson, S. B., Ancient Glass in the Yale University of Art Gallery, Meriden, 1980, no. 198, 199 (late 2nd – early 3rd cent AD);
Auth, S., H., Ancient Glass in the Newark Museum, Newark, 1976, no. 118;
Period: 2nd – 4th century AD
Condition: Very fine. A chip to the top of the ribbon handle, stress crack on the lip next to the place of handle’s attachment. Earthy encrustations to the interior and exterior.