EARLY MEDIEVAL  
MIGRATION PERIOD AND BYZANTINE
GLASS

Nina Kunina
Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection

The State Hermitage ARS Publishers, LTD, St. Petersburg, 1997

$ 60.00






330   BYZANTINE LAMPADA
        
VI CENTURY A.D.
         CONSTANTINOPLE
Light-green
, transparent, bubbly ware. Tall conical form flaring at the rim, lip folded in. Rounded non-functional base with applied thick loop. Three small suspension-loops applied as trails are spaced around the circumference of the body.
Three bronze chains constructed of twisted s-shaped links attached to suspension-loops. Intact, original chains. Custom stand.
H. glass 3.8"(10 cm), H. with chains 8.9"(22.6 cm).
Christie's Auction, NY, 12 June, 2002, lot 192.
Related to: Hayes J. W. Excavations at Sarachane in Istanbul. Vol.2. The Pottery. Princeton, 1992, p.400; Axel von Saldern. Ancient and Byzantine glass from Sardis. Harvard University Press, London, 1980, plate 23; Buckton D. Byzantium. Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture. British Museum Press, 1994, cat.115.
$ 2500

 

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11   LARGE GLASS BOTTLE
       V–VII CENTURY A.D.
Clear greenish glass. Spherical body  with small narrow neck and funnel-shaped orifice; flat rim (melted); concave bottom. Some iridescence and soil-deposit. Intact.
H.  8.25"(20.5 cm).
Parallels: Hayes J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 1975, cat. 308; Related to: Menis G. C. I longobardi. Electa, Milano, 1990, cat. X.191s; Axel von Saldern. Ancient and Byzantine glass from Sardis. Harvard University Press, London, 1980, plate 26, 476.Menis G.C. I Longobardi. Milano, 1990, cat. X.191s. 
SOLD

 

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114   MIGRATION PERIOD GLASS FLASK
         IV-V c. A.D. 
Blown in open, grooved mold, with rotation. Thick, greenish, transparent, bubbly ware. Spherical body with concave base. Long narrowing neck, funnel-shaped orifice, wide bolster-shaped lip folded over on top. Diagonal spiral grooving on body. Pontil-scar.
Intact.  
H. 7.6"(19.3 cm).
 
Christie's Auction, NY, Dec. 7th, 2000, lot  #541.
Parallels:
Die Franken. Philipp von Zabern, 1996, vol. II, pg. 837, g; Kunina N. Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection. ARS Publishers, LTD, St. Petersburg, 1997, cat. 173; Hayes J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 1975, cat.
202(without spiral grooving);Matheson S. B. Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery. Yale University Art Gallery, 1980, cat. 204((without spiral grooving).
SOLD

 

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329   MIGRATION PERIOD GLASS FLASK
         IV-V c. A.D. 
Clear colorless glass with yellow tint.  Piriform sagging body, tapering to a narrow neck; funnel-shaped orifice; rim reheated and rounded off; hollow domed base. Pontil-mark on bottom. Irregularity at narrowest point during manufacture. Brown crust and milky iridescence  in places. Intact.
H. 6.6"(16.7 cm). 
Parallels: Hayes J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 1975, cat. 314; Matheson S. B. Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery. Yale University Art Gallery, 1980, cat. # 340.
$ 750

 

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448   GLASS FLAGON
      
  V CENT. A. D. 
         GAUL? RHINELAND?
Medium thick, clear, light yellow-green glass. Sagging body with wide, hollowed base; narrow neck, widening towards rim; lip folded over on top. Pontil-mark on bottom. Blue, green, lilac iridescence and brown crust . Intact. 
H.  6.3"(16 cm).
Related to : Die Franken. Philipp von Zabern, 1996, vol. II, page 977. Related to: Axel von Saldern. Ancient and Byzantine glass from Sardis. Harvard University Press, London, 1980, plate 26, 478. 
$ 750

 

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15   MIGRATION PERIOD GLASS FLAGON
      
IV CENT. A. D.
Greenish, transparent, bubbly ware. Ovoid body with pushed in base; short narrow neck, curving up from body with flaring mouth and lip folded in. Rainbow iridescence. Intact except for two small mended body fragments .  
H. 5.1"(12.3 cm). 
Related to : Hayes J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 1975, cat. 313, 314. Related to: Axel von Saldern. Ancient and Byzantine glass from Sardis. Harvard University Press, London, 1980, plate 25.
$ 475

 

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338   MIGRATION PERIOD GLASS JUG
       
  IV-V CENT. A. D.
Thick, greenish, transparent, bubbly ware. Blown in open, grooved mold. Globular body with light vertical ribs, base kicked. Funnel-shaped orifice with ribs, rim reheated and rounded off. Intact.
H.  4.6"(11.7 cm).

For a related glass see: Lightfoot C. S. A Catalog of Glass Vessels in Afyon Museum. B.A.R., Oxford, 1989, cat. 66; Hayes J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 1975, cat. 422; Related to: Axel von Saldern. Ancient and Byzantine glass from Sardis. Harvard University Press, London, 1980, plate 25.
SOLD

 

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50   MIGRATION PERIOD GLASS JUG
       IV CENT. A. D.
Thick, clear, light yellow-green glass. Sagging body with wide base, slightly hollowed; funnel-shaped orifice, rim reheated and rounded off. Pontil-mark on bottom. Silky pale blue, green, and lilac iridescence. Intact. 
H.  3.6"(9.1 cm).
For a related glass see: Hayes J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 1975, cat. cat. 294; Lightfoot C. S. A Catalog of Glass Vessels in Afyon Museum. B.A.R., Oxford, 1989, plate 6, # 4; Die Franken. Philipp von Zabern, 1996, vol. II, pg. 612, 8;  Axel von Saldern. Ancient and Byzantine glass from Sardis. Harvard University Press, London, 1980, plate 25. 
$ 550

 

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33   EARLY ISLAMIC MINIATURE GLASS PITCHER
      
IX cent. A.D.
Clear, colorless glass with frosted finish. Spherical body with high conical neck; bolster-shape rim; concave bottom. Top part of attached handle is open to interior.
Mended at upper neck and handle.
H. 2" (5.2 cm). 
For a related glass see: S.Fukai. Persian glass. N.Y. and Tokyo, 1977, pg. 63. 
$ 350

 



26
   BYZANTINE GLASS  SINGLE HANDLED JAR
       IX-XI CENT. AD.
Clear, deep aquamarine glass with many small bubbles. Body widening upwards; sixteen ribs on outside; blown in open grooved mould; low, ring shaped base made separately. Pontil mark on bottom. Ring shaped handle. Restored. 
H. 2.8" (6.7 cm).
Related to: Davidson, G. R.A Medieval glass factory at Corinth // AJA. 1940. Vol. XLIV; R. Liefkes. Glass from The Victoria and Albert Museum, pg. 29, fig. 27.
SOLD

 

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450   GLASS BEAKER
         IV  cENT. A.D. 
         RHINELAND
Light yellowish- green, transparent, bubbly ware. Broad form, sides widening upward, rounded below. Center of base pushed in. Rim cut and polished.  Double row of wheel-cut joined pentagons containing oval facets; double row wheel-cut horizontal lines below. Mended from original pieces, several fragments missing.
H  3.9"(9.9 cm), D. rim 3.8"(9.6 cm).

Parallels: Hayes J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 1975, cat. 643(for related types); for the same patterns see: Harden D. B. Glass of the Caesars. Olivetti, Milan, 1987, cat. 114.
$ 2000

 

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524   BYZANTINE GLASS BEAKER
       
  VII-IX cent. A.D. 
Light bluish green, transparent, bubbly ware.
Body with waist, slightly concave bottom; tubular lip folded in. Iridescence. Upper body covered with fine mould-blown ribbing, twisted spirally. Blue, green, and lilac iridescence. Intact. 
H.  3.8" (9.7 cm).
SOLD


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48   BYZANTINE GLASS BEAKER
      
VII-IX cent. A.D. 
Light bluish green, transparent, bubbly ware.
Body with waist, slightly concave bottom; tubular lip folded in. Iridescence. Intact. 
H.  3.25" (8.2 cm).
$ 250


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452   GLASS BEAKER
          VI c. A.D.
Light blue-green, transparent bubbly ware. Deep rounded body with short bulging reworked rim. Solid short stem and flat base with reworked edge. Stem is off center.  
Iridescence  in places. Intact. 
H.  3.1" (7.9 cm).
Related to: Axel von Saldern. Ancient and Byzantine glass from Sardis. Harvard University Press, London, 1980, plate 24, 336;  Die Alamannen. Stuttgard, Theiss, 1997, pg. 397;
SOLD

 

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337   BYZANTINE GLASS BEAKER
          VI c. A.D.
Light green, transparent bubbly ware. Body narrowing downwards, with conical bottom and short bulging reworked rim.  Hollow stem, closed by a " bubble".
Mended from original pieces only.
H 3.5"(8.8 cm), D. rim 2.8"(7.1 cm).
Related to: Hayes J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 1975, cat. 408, 409; Axel von Saldern. Ancient and Byzantine glass from Sardis. Harvard University Press, London, 1980, plate 24, 351. Menis G.C. I Longobardi. Milano, 1990, cat. X.10.
$ 425

 

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521   BYZANTINE GLASS BEAKER
         V-VI cENT. A.D.
Light green, transparent, turning a deep bottle-green in the thicker parts. Bell-shaped body, reworked rim. Hollow stem, closed by a " bubble". Wide spreading disk-base with reworked edge. Cracked.
H  3.8"(9.7 cm), D. rim 3.3"(8.4 cm).
Parallels: Hayes J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 1975, cat. 383.  
SOLD

 

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523   BYZANTINE GLASS BEAKER
         V-VI cENT. A.D.
Light blue-green, transparent bubbly ware. Deep body with short bulging reworked rim. Hollow stem, closed by a " bubble". Slightly conical base with reworked edge
.
Mended from two pieces
H.  3.7" (9.4 cm).
Related to: Hayes J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 1975, cat. 383; Die Alamannen. Stuttgard, Theiss, 1997, pg. 397;
SOLD

 

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331   FRANKISH BEAKER
         FIRST QUARTER OF V c. A.D.
Thick, light olive green ware. Body narrowing downwards, with short bulging rim, ground flat on top and small flat bottom. Broad,  wheel-cut groove around upper part of body, with a row of six knobs in dark blue below.
Some iridescence and dark crust. Mended from original pieces.
H.  2.75"(6.8cm), D. rim 2.6"(6.4 cm).

Parallels: Die Franken. Philipp von Zabern, 1996, vol. II, page 839; Kunina N. Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection. ARS Publishers, LTD, St. Petersburg, 1997, cat. 422;
Matheson S. B. Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery. Yale University Art Gallery, 1980, cat. # 259. 

$ 650

 

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445   FRANKISH BEAKER
         IV-FIRST QUARTER OF V c. A.D.
Thick, light olive green ware. Body narrowing downwards, with short bulging rim, ground flat on top and small flat bottom. Broad wheel-cut groove around upper part of body. Row of blue glass  knobs, grouped in clusters of 1, 2, 3 or 4 knobs. Some iridescence.
Intact. 
H.  4.1"(10.4cm), D. rim 3.1"(7.9 cm).

Parallels: Die Franken. Philipp von Zabern, 1996, vol. II, page 839; Kunina N. Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection. ARS Publishers, LTD, St. Petersburg, 1997, cat. 419-421;Matheson S. B. Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery. Yale University Art Gallery, 1980, cat. 259. 
SOLD

 

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522   FRANKISH BEAKER
         FIRST QUARTER OF V c. A.D.
Light olive-green ware. Body narrowing downwards, with short bulging rim, ground flat on top and small flat bottom. Broad wheel-cut groove around upper part of body, with a row of five knobs in dark blue below. Some iridescence. Mended from original pieces.
H.  2.75"(6.8cm), D. rim 2.5"(6.4 cm).

Parallels: Die Franken. Philipp von Zabern, 1996, vol. II, page 839; Kunina N. Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection. ARS Publishers, LTD, St. Petersburg, 1997, cat. 422;
Matheson S. B. Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery. Yale University Art Gallery, 1980, cat. # 259. 
$ 650

 

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124   FRANKISH CONICAL BEAKER
         SECOND HALF OF IV-V c. A.D.
Thick, light green ware. Tall conical form with non-functional base. Ground and polished rim. Three belts of multi wheel-incisions on wall. Some iridescence. Iron oxides on lower part. Mended from original pieces only.
H. 6.2"(15.7 cm).
Parallels:  Hayes J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 1975, cat. 477; Die Franken. Philipp von Zabern, 1996, vol. I, Abb. 292a; Matheson S. B. Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery. Yale University Art Gallery, 1980, cat. 263.
$ 800

 

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125   FRANKISH CONICAL BEAKER
         SECOND HALF OF IV-V c. A.D.
Thick, light green ware. Tall conical form with tiny, flattened, non- functional base. Ground and polished rim. Three belts of multi wheel-incisions on wall. Some iridescence. Mended from original pieces only.
H. 6.8"(17.3).
Parallels:  Hayes J. W. Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto, 1975, cat. 477; Die Franken. Philipp von Zabern, 1996, vol. I, Abb. 292a; Matheson S. B. Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery. Yale University Art Gallery, 1980, cat. 263.
$ 1050

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