Roman, late Imperial Period, ca. 4th to early 5th century CE. A fine, free-blown oinochoe comprised of near-opaque, pale-green glass with an applied circular foot, an ovoid body with a rough pontil scar, a tubular neck decorated with an applied trail ring, a flared rim with a rolled rim, and an applied trail handle with a folded thumb rest. The body sits slightly tipped to one side on the foot, but this does not detract from its charm. Thick layers of fiery rainbow-hued iridescence have developed over time making for an attractive complement to the vessel's soft verdant hues. Size: 2.375" W x 5.125" H (6 cm x 13 cm).
For a stylistically-similar example with a taller thumb rest, please see "Solid Liquid: Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Glass." Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, 1999, p. 99, fig. 183.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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Handle and body repaired from multiple large pieces with some light adhesive residue and new stabilization material across break lines. Scattered areas of pitting across some areas not covered by iridescence. Minor nicks to rim, handle, body, and base, with possible repair to handle, and a rough pontil scar. A pontil scar or mark indicates that a vessel was free-blown. Earthen deposits and stunning rainbow iridescence throughout.