12 December 2002
AN EARLY JEWISH HEXAGONAL GLASS JAR
Barag Class B V, Byzantine Period, Jerusalem, Circa 578-629 A.D.
Dark brown in color, the mouth and neck free-blown, the body mold-blown with six panels decorated in sunk relief, each panel with a border of recessed dots, in the panels from left to right: a flaming menorah on a tripod stand; an X-shaped element with a leaf at the end of each arm, the cross-bar with a loop at each end; two concentric lozenges with a crescent in each of the lower corners; two concentric lozenges bordered by small recessed dots, with crescents in each of the lower corners; an empty aedicula with an arch decorated with recessed dots supported by two columns; and a stylized palm tree
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) high
Inherited from the owner's father in 1957
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For two examples with identical decoration see no. 173 in Stern, Roman Mold-blown Glass, the First through Sixth Centuries, and no. 135 in Ackerman and Braunstein, Israel in Antiquity, From David to Herod.
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