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Lot 4850

Rare Jar with Trailed "Epigraphic" Ornaement. Roman, 3rd to 4th century AD. Jar blown from light aqua-green glass, and of regular, symmetrical shape. Mouth a wide funnel with folded throat, thick short neck, and sharply ovoid body. At three places along side, dark blue glass has been applied in letter-like forms: W V W. Jar pristine and perfect! Height: A very rare variant on a popular class of Late Empire vessels.
Estimated Value $1,500-UP.
The normal form of trailed decoration on this group, and similar squat cosmetic bottles, is a regular continuous zigzag, or spiraling line. A handful are known where the trailed glass actually forms a word or inscription, and this is what seems to be intended on the above jar. For shape and treatment, cf. Newark, no. 178.

Realized $2,760

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