Jar with Openwork “Collar”

Nicole Berlin
Nicole Berlin is a graduate student in Classical Art and Archaeology. She received her BA in Classics and Anthropology from Northwestern University and has had a wide variety of experiences in the art world, from the excavation of a Roman villa at Chiusi to working on Egyptian archaeology documentaries in Rome. Nicole is a graduate intern at the JHUAM and has a particular interest in Roman wall painting.


  • Accession Number: JHUAM HT 127
  • Measurements: Width: 5.5m, Height: 5.6cm
  • Material: Glass
  • Culture/Date: Roman, 3rd-4th c. CE
  • Provenance: Syrio-Palestinian

This transparent green jar is globular in shape with a rounded lip, short neck and concave base. A continuous horizontal zigzag trail forms an openwork “collar” and connects the rim to the shoulder of the vessel.  Similar examples have been found at Karanis (Egypt), Homs (Syria), and Beth She’arim (Israel).

Corning Museum 53.1.6 and Israel Museum 77.12.116.

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