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TWO MINIATURE BYZANTINE GLASS JUG PENDANTS
TWO MINIATURE BYZANTINE GLASS JUG PENDANTS

CIRCA MID 4TH-EARLY 5TH CENTURY A.D.

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TWO MINIATURE BYZANTINE GLASS JUG PENDANTS
CIRCA MID 4TH-EARLY 5TH CENTURY A.D.
Both tooled, one blue in color, the other blue-green in color, each with an open network in yellow trailed around the body, meeting to form the handle, and continuing around the rim; mounted as earrings in modern gold settings with an ancient glass bead below
2¾ in. (7 cm.) long (2)
Provenance
with Ariadne Galleries, New York, 1980s.

Lot Essay

Stern (Roman, Byzantine, and Early Medieval Glass, p. 361-362) asserts that these tiny vessels were possibly worn as amulets, suspended by the handles. She suggests a Christian association, citing the shape of the jugs as evoking vessels used to collect holy water from Christian sites, and their distribution across the Eastern Mediterranean, specifically Syro-Palestine and Western Europe. For similar examples, see fig. 8 in Stern, op. cit., and nos. 342-352 in Spaer, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum. Stern, op. cit., notes that these glass vessels were not blown and likely were made by the same craftsmen producing tooled glass beads.

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