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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 98

    AN EARLY JEWISH GLASS JAR

    CIRCA LATE 6TH-EARLY 7TH CENTURY A.D.

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    AN EARLY JEWISH GLASS JAR
    CIRCA LATE 6TH-EARLY 7TH CENTURY A.D.
    Amber brown in color, mold-blown, with a flat shoulder and short neck, the tubular rim folded in, the base flat with a pontil mark, the hexagonal body adorned on all sides with sunken motifs set within a rectangular frame of sunken dots, one panel with a menorah on a tripod flanked by a shofar (ram's horn), lulav (palm branch) and etrog (citron), one with an arch supported on two columns, and one with a double lozenge with a dot in the middle and a dot at each of the four corners, interspersed with three panels, each with a palm tree on a triangular trunk
    3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm.) high


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    This vessel belongs to a particular group of glass vessels bearing Jewish or Christian motifs that were manufactured during the Byzantine Period (a third group is decorated with "neutral" motifs of unknown meaning).
    Israeli asserts ("Eulogia vessels" in Israeli, et al., Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum, p. 270-271) that such vessels, mainly hexagonal or octagonal in shape and amber brown in color, were produced in the Holy Land likely by the same workshop, and perhaps used by pilgrims for acquiring oil, earth or water from holy sites.

    For similar examples see nos. 361-363, in Israeli, et al., op. cit., and no. 173 in Stern, Roman Mold-blown Glass, the First through the Sixth Centuries.

    Provenance

    Israeli Private Collection, acquired in 1968.