Pitcher with Handle

  • Eastern Mediterranean or Italy
  • 3rd - 4th centuries A.D.
Catalogue Entry

This pitcher was free-blown from translucent glass. A thread decoration circles the neck area, and a single handle extends from the shoulder to the mouth. The handle is raised slightly above the height of the mouth, and this section has stripes on both sides. The blown glass base of the pitcher is flat, and a single circuit of glass cord has been attached around the base to give it stability. There is a pontil mark on the center of the base. While this is a generally ordinary work, the rounded form of the blown glass and the balanced shape are quite superb. The overall surface is coated in iridescence which is gold with sparkling moments of blue, green, and pink. This iridescence adds an endless fascination to the work.