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Late Roman Glass Juglet Pendant, 4th Century AD

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Seller: clioantiquities (152) 100%, Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, Ships to: US, Item: 132009555359 CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Roman Empire, probably Eastern Mediterranean DATE: 4th Century AD DIMENSIONS: 2.92 cm (1.15 in.) tall DESCRIPTION: A late Roman glass pendant in the form of a juglet or vase. This is an example of an especially uncommon form of glass pendant featuring two handles. One handle is broken away in this example but the connection points are visible. In addition, this piece is shaped like a slender glass vessel rather than the juglet form more typically found. The body of this object is formed of a very dark brown or purple glass, appearing black, with a fine applied rim trail of light brown. The surviving handle appears to be formed of the same color glass as the body. A disc base has been separately applied. Incorporated into the body are slices from at least 4 glass beads or canes, including 2 eye beads in red and yellow and 2 composite slices featuring canes of alternating colors. While it has been suggested that this type of glass pendant may have had a Christian religious significance, there is no real evidence one way or the other. Another theory is that these were miniature scent bottles worn on the body. PROVENANCE: Formerly in an old UK private collection sold at auction in London in 2003. With a US private collection since 2003. COMPARISONS: See Maud Spaer, "Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum, Beads and Other Small Objects" catalog #s 343-354 for several similar examples, and pages 170-173 for a detailed description of this class of objects. Condition: See detailed description for condition details., Material: Glass, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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