12 December 2002
TWO BYZANTINE GLASS VESSELS
Circa 5th Century A.D.
Including a double unguentarium, pale blue-green in color, free-blown, with an applied thread of the same color wound spirally around the body, the body then pinched to create two compartments, with a knob base and a basket handle; and a piriform footed flask, pale green in color, free-blown, piriform with a cylindrical neck and everted rounded rim, an applied ring under the rim, and a ring around the neck to which the two loop handles attach, each with a long pincered tail, on a flaring foot
7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm) high for the taller (2)
The Alfred Wolkenberg Collection of Ancient Glass, Christie's London, 9 July 1991, lot 70 (unguentarium)
10 King David Galleries, Jerusalem, 1980 (flask)
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For a similar flask in the Ernesto Wolf Collection see no. 170, p. 307 in Stern, Roman, Byzantine, and Early Medieval Glass, 10 BCE-700 CE.
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