Roman Iridescent Glass Jug with Handle

£ 900.00

A good size Ancient Roman glass jug with an ovoid body, narrow neck and flared mouth. The jug features one handle for ease of use and is made of a pale green glass with beautiful iridescence on the surface.

Date: Circa 4th century AD
Condition: Fine, complete and intact. Some earthy encrustation to the surface.


Product Code: RGS-36
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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 12.5 cm

Blown Glass


Southern Europe

Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item X.210.