This intricate handle of 'Cologne' type would have come from a jug; although some have been found in Syria, the largest number of these openwork handled flasks come from Germany. For the type, cf. F. Fremersdorf and E. Polonyi-Fremersdorf, Die Farblosen Gläser der Frühzeit in Köln, Köln, 1984, pp. 83-86, nos. 188-194. This openwork trailed glass technique is seen at its best on the famous 'goblet with shells' (Römisch-Germanishes Museum, Cologne, 69.72.9) and 'Disch Kantharos' (Corning Museum of Glass, 66.1.267), both found in Cologne and dating to the late 3rd/early 4th Century A.D. For a similar handle, also cf. S. H. Auth, Ancient Glass at the Newark Museum, Newark, 1976, p. 231, no. 533.