Roman Glass Miniature Jug Pendant

£ 110.00

A lovely and unusual glass pendant created in the shape of a jug. Made of vibrant cobalt blue glass, this miniature juglet displays traces of bright iridescence on its small body, testament to the object’s ancient origins and prolonged burial in the soil. The piece displays a slender body, which raises, tapering at the neck and flaring slightly at the rim. A small decorative handle is applied to the body and drawn up to the rim, the foot is missing. Some air bubbles are visible on the pendant’s body. Pendants like this were added to various jewellery pieces, and this example could be suspended through the handle.

Date: Circa 2nd - 4th century AD.
Provenance: Ex SM, Mayfair London collection 1970-99, thence by descent.
Condition: Fine. Some iridescence covers the item. The foot is missing.
Product Code: RGS-53
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As in the modern day, glassware in antiquity was considered an art form, with the best pieces being valued higher than wares made from precious metals. Glass bottles, such as this interesting example, were used as containers for ointments, powders, balms, and other expensive toiletry liquids, especially perfumes: the small mouth of the bottle is ideal for slow, careful pouring, while glass was preferred for holding liquids, due to its non-porous, non-absorbent nature. 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. Thanks to the invention of glass blowing it became possible to create moulds in order to mass-produce popular designs. Unusual shapes, like this example, experienced great popularity.

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

Dimensions H 2.2 cm

Southern Europe


Blown Glass

Reference: For a similar item, please see The Metropolitan Museum, item 74.51.4041

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