jug (containers)


A Phoenician twin handled glass amphorisk, possibly free-blown or mold-blown when compared against other vessels of similar style and origin. The body is globular with a long, narrow neck which flares at the rim. Twin handles have been added to the body, which pull up from the shoulders and join onto the mid section of the neck. The body is decorated with a pattern of vertical lines which start at the base of the neck and continue down towards the base. The glass is clear with a gold-brown body and green handles, possibly gained through the addition of manganese and copper oxides in the glass mixing process.The jug is also decorated with two thin green glass bands wrapped around the neck, one closer to the base of the neck and the other towards the outer rim. The overall size of the vessel measures 140 mm x 88 mm x 90 mm. The lower body is inscribed with ‘No 6, S.Tyre’, possibly being collected there. Corroborating with collections of similar style and shape at The British Museum this vessel was possibly made in Roman Lebanon around the 1st-4th century A.D. This shape is characteristic of amphoriskos containers, which were used to transport a number of goods, both dry and liquid - but most often used for wine. The narrow neck along with the handles and base allowed for easy pouring. These vessels were often finished with a stopper to seal the contents but are rarely found intact. The amphorisk was collected by Thomas Swan.

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