Marble Glass Jar

  • Eastern Mediterranean or Italy
  • 1st century A.D.
Catalogue Entry

This jar was made from a purple glass tubular cylinder wrapped in white glass, which was then arrayed so that the swirls of the cut cross sections were visible. This is a type of millefiori glass which was blown on a glassblowing tube to create a jar form. The mouth rim turns outward, and the long thin neck is constricted near its center before swelling into the full hip area of the jar. There are many small marble glass jars extant, but this type of millefiori glass jar is rare. This was probably used to contain either perfumed oil or cosmetics.