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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Glass: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1299824

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Herodian Period; Early 1st Century CE

This dark green free-blown vessel is composed primarily of a wide, cylindrical body on a concave base. A small neck terminates in a collared rim, now partially missing due to chip. An elegant handle is applied from the shoulder to the neck of the vessel with two exterior ribs bordering an interior depression.

In very good condition, chip from antiquity with natural iridescence present.

Height: 11 cm (4.33 inches)

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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.


Yael Israeli, “Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum”, p. 253; fig. 323.


Jugs such as these were used for the storage and transport of liquids, hence their thick walls and compact design. However, due to their beauty and high-quality they were often reused after their original contents were gone, thereby making them a household as well as a transport item.

The Herodian Period (37 BCE-70 CE) is associated with the rule of the Herodian Dynasty in Israel. Although by far the most famous works of this period belong to the extensive building projects of Herod the Great a plethora of material culture belonging to those from all walks of life can be found; bringing one closer to this dynamic period of history in the Holy Land.

“Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels or gold.” (Job 28:17)