Selection of Ancient Roman Miniature Glass Juglet Pendants

£ 110.00

A selection of Ancient Roman pendants in the form of a miniature juglet. All feature a small globular body decorated by a glass trail in a chevron design. Miniatures items such as these were often used as charms for necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Date: Circa 2nd - 3rd century AD.
Provenance: Ex SM, Mayfair London collection 1970-99, thence by descent.
Condition: Very fine. Complete and intact. Traces of iridescence and earthly encrustations cover the items.
£ 110.00
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Product Code: RGS-54
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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 cm

Southern Europe


Blown Glass

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A, B, C

Reference: For a similar item, please see The Metropolitan Museum, item 17.194.439

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