Late Roman glass vessel with thread decoration

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Object: Late Roman glass vessel with thread decoration

Material: Pale green transparent glass with threads of dark green glass.

Period: 300 AD to 450 AD.
Late Antiquity.
Period of the christianization and division of the Late Roman Empire.

Description:    Glass vessel with a spherical body, flattened at the bottom to form a base. The short, wide neck is decorated with a flange at the top. Two opposite handles attach above it and run with a sharp bend to the shoulder. The impression is dominated by trails of dark green glass thread that run in bands and zigzags around the vessel's belly.

Background:    The characteristic glass can be attributed very well both regionally and chronologically through comparative finds. It is known from graves in Syro-Palestine. At the time, this region known as the Roman provinces of Palaestina and Syria. The period in which the vessel was created was a time of upheaval in the Late Roman Empire, including christianization and the division of the empire into East and West. The surviving Eastern Roman Empire, in which this glass was created, experienced a downright Golden Age, which is reflected in numerous archaeological finds of high-quality goods. The present vessel is a beautiful example of this era.

Dimensions: 8.3cm height, 7.0cm diameter.

Condition: Perfect condition. Well preserved body with handles and finely preserved thread decoration. Subtle iridescence and find deposits on the otherwise clear glass.

Provenance: Acquired by us on the US art market in 2022. Previously in the US-American Chanin family collection. Acquired for the collection by Marcy Chanin in 1971 from the Israeli Moshe Dayan Collection.
Moshe Dayan was a famous Israeli politician and military leader. Dayan served as Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces between 1953 and 1958, personally commanded the Israeli forces fighting in the Sinai during the 1956 Suez Crisis and later as Defense Minister.

References: Cf. D. Whitehouse, Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass, Volume One, pp. 163, no. 690.
Cf. Y. Israeli, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum, p. 239, no. 307.
Cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art, acc. no. 30.115.5.
Cf. Art Institute Chicago, ref. no. 1947.949.
For a very similar piece on the art market cf. Christie's New York auction "Antiquities" 8 June 2012, lot 166 (sold for 9,375 USD, approximately 7,500 EUR at the time).

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