Jar with Blue Zigzag Trail

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 871
  • Measurements: Width: 10cm, Height: 9cm
  • Material: Glass
  • Culture/Date: Roman, 3rd-5th c. CE
  • Provenance: Syrio-Palestinian


This colorless glass jar is globular in shape and sits on a concave base. The four cobalt blue handles were separately made and connect the rim to the shoulder. It is decorated with two thin, horizontal blue trails and a zigzag trail below. This common type has been found in many fourth to fifth century CE graves throughout the Syrio-Palestinian region.

Corning Museum 69.1.33 and Israel Museum 77.12.269.

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