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    Sale 5951

    Antiquities Including the Plesch Collection of Ancient Glass

    28 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 55

    A ROMAN BLUE BLOWN GLASS JAR

    1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D., FOUND AT ST. ALBANS

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    A ROMAN BLUE BLOWN GLASS JAR
    1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D., FOUND AT ST. ALBANS
    The bulbous body with 15 moulded vertical ribs finished by tooling, the base kicked-in, the short everted neck folded outwards, small area of restoration
    5½ in. (14 cm.) high


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    This jar was possibly made for funerary use. Although found in Britain, it could well have been imported from the continent. For a cinerary urn of identical form, now in Koblenz Museum, cf. J. Morin-Jean, La verrerie en Gaule sous l'Empire Romain, Paris, 1913, p. 50, fig. 24. For a jug with similar body, found near Cologne, and now in the Römisch-Germanisches Museum in Cologne, cf. O. Doppelfeld, Römisches und Fränkisches Glas in Köln, Köln, 1966, no. 21; and D. B. Harden et al., Masterpieces of Glass, British Museum, London, 1968, p. 83, no. 109, for a handled flagon with similar ribbing found in a grave in Kent.

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    Provenance

    Found at St. Albans.
    Plesch collection (AGh 15); acquired from Christopher Sheppard, London, March 1989.