Miniature Roman Jug with Trefoil Mouth

£ 950.00

A fine Ancient Roman miniature jug in a pale green colour, coated in a beautiful layer of iridescence. Both the handle and mouth of the jug have been pinched into decorative folds and the trefoil shape of the rim would have allowed for easy pouring. The base of the neck has also been decorated with a raised spiral.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd century AD.
Provenance: From the Jon Lawton Collection.
Condition: Fine, complete and intact, with iridescence and some earthy encrustation to the surface.


Product Code: RGS-39
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Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines in antiquity because it was not porous. By the 1st century AD, the technique of glassblowing had revolutionised the art of glassmaking, allowing for the production vessels for a range of different purposes. Glass vessels are found frequently at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries, and the liquids that filled them would have been gathered from all corners of the expansive Roman Empire. A large part of ancient glassworks was designed for tableware use, in particular for carrying and serving water and wine at banquets. Jugs, one of the most frequently used containers, were created in various shapes and sizes.

To learn more about Roman glass, visit our relevant post: How It Was Made: Roman Glass.

Dimensions H 7 cm

Blown Glass


Southern Europe

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