Pitcher with mask applique

Roman or Byzantine
Late Imperial or Early Byzantine Period
Probably 4th–5th century A.D.


Catalogue Raisonné

Ancient Glass (MFA), no. 55.

Dimensions

Height: 15.7 cm (6 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

31.411

Medium or Technique

Glass, mold-blown with applied foot, handle, and decoration

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Coil base; globular body with tragic mask applied opposite the handle; tubular neck; funnel mouth; handle extending from shoulder to middle of neck, with thumbrest at the bend. Deep blue. Intact; areas of iridescence.

Provenance

By date unknown: Anonymous Private Collection (according to MFA file card: found near Homs, Syria); Anonymous gift to MFA, June 9, 1931

Credit Line

M. Elizabeth Carter Collection—Gift of Nellie Parney Carter