A rod-formed tooled and applied pendant shaped like a pitcher in iridescent banded blue glass. A handle applied to the top of the wall, drawn up over the rim, reattached and to top of rim.
Circa 4th century AD.
Very Fine condition with attractive iridescence.
Height 32 mms (1.3 ins)
Literature: See item 966; Rod-Formed Vessels and Pendants; Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass; Volume 3 for similar and discussion. Such items have been found scattered throughout the empire from Egypt to Britain. David Whitehouse comments that the true purpose of these miniature vessels is not known but it is conjectured that they may have represented mystic vases to contain the water of life or the tree of life; or that they contained cosmetics to release a scent as the contents evaporated.
Rare Roman rod-formed pendant shaped like a pitcher
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