© Erimtan Archaeology and Arts Museum

Name of Object:



Ankara, Turkey

Holding Museum:

Erimtan Archaeology and Arts Museum


Roman Period

Type of object:

Glass Artefacts

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

Glass; Free blown


Height: 4.4cm; Diameter rim: 4.8cm

Period / Dynasty:

Roman Period




This jar is a large glass cup, which was most possibly used for store liquids. This one is made of pale blue-green translucent glass by applying the free-blowing technique. It has a globular body, sloping shoulder; its rim is rounded and turned outwards; and its neck goes concave to the body. It is in an intact situation, but some soil-encrusted weathering, blowing striations, partly flaked off dulling are also seen on the surface. The jar is light green in colour, with a bluish tingle on some parts.
After the free-blowing technique has been found, possibly around in the first quarter of the 1st century BC, the mould-blowing technique has developed and the desired glass forms and patterns were obtained by blowing into glass, terracotta, stone, metal or wood moulds. The melt at the end of the blowing rod is inflated in two or more pieces of the container until it covers the mould. The use of angular and patterned moulds has usually made it unnecessary to apply additional ornaments. With this technique, mass production of glasses with the same form, measurement, and decoration can be produced by using a single mould. In the form of quadrangular shaped moulds, the glass workshop's or the manufacturer's names were added by applying letters and symbols on the pedestal portion. Glassware that has been blown into a mould whose interior has a raised pattern so that the object shows the pattern with a concavity on the inside, underlying the convexity on the outside. Pattern moulds are not used to impart the final form to the object.

How date and origin were established:

By stylistic analysis and material dating

How Object was obtained:

By purchase

Selected bibliography:

Baykan, C. and Baykan, D., Eskiçağ’da Cam, İstanbul: Türk Eskiçağ Bilimleri Enstitüsü Yayınları, 2013.
Fleming, S. J., Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 1999.
Lightfoot, C. S. and Arslan, M. (eds), Ancient Glass of Asia Minor: The Yüksel Erimtan Collection, Ankara: Ünal Ofset, 1992.
Newby, M. S., Glass of Four Millennia, Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000.
Özgümüş, Ü. C., Çağlar Boyu Cam Tasarımı, İstanbul: Arkeoloji ve Sanat Yayınları, 2013.

Citation of this web page:

Ezgi Özdemir, Selma Ünal "Jar" in MWNF GALLERIES , Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;DGA;tr;Mus41;15;en&id=glass

Prepared by: Ezgi Özdemir, Selma Ünal

MWNF Working Number: TUR1_015