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A Roman Amber Glass Juglet, 1st Century AD

The state of preservation is remarkable for this charming little juglet, blown in a fine transparent amber glass.  The globular body is perfectly rounded, continuing to a vertical slender neck, and the mouth, dramatically flaring outward, is finished with a rounded rim.  Obtained from modeling a circular glass band, the blue-green handle shows the artisan’s skill: it was firstly applied to the shoulder, raised vertically and bent at an acute angle before curving back under the lip to contrast beautifully with the amber body.  The superb iridescence to one side suggests this vessel was used to store and preserve some type of precious product such as cosmetics or perfumed oils, instead of utilitarian use at the table.   

Dimensions: Height:  3 inches (7.6 cm)

Condition: Mineral accretions and traces of original contents to the interior, with superb iridescence to one area.  There is a very small chip to the applied handle below the rim that does not detract, otherwise the vessel is intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance: The William R. Crawford collection of Ancient Glass and Antiquities, acquired from the European trade in the 1950's and then by descent.    William R. Crawford, a retired American career diplomat and expert on the Middle East and Cyprus, was Director of Arab-Israeli Affairs at the State Department between 1959-1964, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Cyprus thereafter.  In the 1970's, he was ambassador to Yemen and then to Cyprus and later became principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East and South Asian affairs.  He donated part of his collection to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts prior to his death in 2002. Exhibited:  Workhouse Art Center, Virginia, Glass National 2016, October, 2016- January 2017.


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