Jug with Wishbone Handle

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Jug with Wishbone Handle

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Object Name: 
Jug with Wishbone Handle
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Overall H: 22.1 cm, Diam (max): 6.4 cm; Rim Diam: 4.5 cm; Base Diam: 6.1 cm
On Display
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Translucent dark blue glass; mold-blown, applied, ground. Slender pyriform body; rim outsplayed and turned upward, cracked off and ground; slender neck tapers then splays to merge with body; lower part of body curves in towards bottom; base consists of thread wound three and a half times, then forms splayed footring; applied wishbone handle with pincered thumb piece attached to neck and upper part of body, then drawn downward to footring; mold-blown decoration: 21 flutes widen and flatten towards bottom, gives appearance of vertical facets; below almost completely concealed by footring, honeycomb pattern covers bottom of body.
Smith, Ray Winfield, Source
Metropolitan Museum of Art 2014-12-09 through 2015-04-13
Corning Museum of Glass 2015-05-16 through 2016-01-04
At the end of the first century B.C., glassmakers working in the environs of Jerusalem made a revolutionary breakthrough in the way glass was made. They discovered that glass could be inflated at the end of a hollow tube. This technical achievement—glassblowing—made the production of glass vessels much quicker and easier, and allowed glassmakers to develop new shapes and decorative techniques. One technique, inflating glass in molds carved with decorative and figural designs, was used to create multiple examples of a variety of vessel shapes with high-relief patterns. The molds used to shape this ancient glass were complex in their design, and the mold-blown glass vessels of ancient Rome tell a wealth of stories about the ancient world, from gladiators to perfume vessels, from portraits of a Roman empress to oil containers marked with the image of Mercury, Roman god of trade. Among the earliest workshops to design and create mold-blown glass was one in which a man named Ennion worked. Ennion was the first glassmaker to sign his glass objects by incorporating his name into the inscriptions that formed part of the mold’s design, and thus he stands among a small group of glass workers whose names have come down to us from antiquity. On view through January, 4, 2016, Ennion and His Legacy, is composed of mold-blown master works by Ennion and other Roman glassmakers. The works are drawn from the Corning Museum’s collection of Roman glass, one of the finest in the world. Within the larger exhibit is a smaller exhibit organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ennion: Master of Roman Glass, which focuses specifically on works made by Ennion. Composed of loans from a number of international institutions and private collections this exhibit within an exhibit brings together many of the known examples of Ennion’s wares and will be on view through October 19, 2015.
Ambrose and Agustine: The Origins of Europe
Museo Diocesano 2003-11-01 through 2004-06-01
(exhibit title) Ambrogio e Agostino: Le sorgenti dell'Europe
Glass from the Ancient World
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Verres Antiques de la Collection R.W. Smith
Musee de Mariemont 1954 through 1954
Antikes Glas aus der Sammlung Ray Winfield Smith: Kurpfalzischen Museum Heidelberg
Kurpfalzischen Museum 1952-11 through 1953
387 d.c./ambrogio e agostino/le sorgenti dell'europa (2003) illustrated, p. 324, no. 282; p. 430; BIB# 78110
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) illustrated, pp. 120-121, pl. 622; BIB# 58895
A Distinctive Group of Late Roman Glass Vessels (1997) p. 374, pl. 2, ill.; p. 368 ff.; BIB# 112248
Catalogue des Verres Antiques de la Collection Ray Winfield Smith (1954) illustrated, p. 26, #120; BIB# 28196