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The Auldjo Jug

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Auldjo Jug
  • Description

    Jug in translucent dark blue and opaque white cameo glass, with trefoil mouth and high handle from rim to shoulder. The back of the neck is flattened and the shoulder slopes outwards to a carination marked by a white ground-line; ovoid body with rounded bottom. Ring-foot with moulded rim. The handle is decorated on the outside with two wide vertical grooves and a ridge at its base. A narrow white horizontal rib divides the shoulder from the body and also acts as a ground line for the shoulder decoration. Carved in white on the shoulder are acanthus leaves with tendrils enclosing rosettes. Birds peck at the tendrils. Two birds are perched either side of the handle pecking at leaves now mostly missing. On the body is a finely executed vine laden with bunches of grapes, intertwined with laurel and ivy with umbrels. In the centre a bird, with wings raised, perches to peck at an ivy leaf.
    Broken and mended. Made up of several fragments with the body now considerably restored. Mouth partly broken. Neck handle and base complete except that the latter is chipped. Milky-white film becoming brown in patches covers the exterior of the vase and the interior of the mouth and neck. The white glass is worn away in places. Small bubbles in the blue glass and black flakes and bubbles in the white.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 25-50 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 22.8 centimetres (including handle)
    • Diameter: 14.3 centimetres
    • Diameter: 7.8 centimetres (diameter of base)
  • Curator's comments

    The base comprising seven sherds was bought from Dr Hogg in 1840 and was registered separately as 1840.12-5.41.

  • Bibliography

    • Tatton-Brown et al 2007 2 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Exhibition history


    1987 25 Apr-19 Oct, USA, Corning, Corning Museum of Glass, Glass of the Caesars
    1987 18 Nov-1988 15 Mar, London, British Museum, Glass of the Caesars
    1988 15 Apr-26 Jul, Germany, Cologne, Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Glass of the Caesars
    1988 30 Sep-1989 6 Jan, Italy, Rome, Museo Capitolino, Glass of the Caesars
    2007 18 Oct-2008 14 Jan, USA, Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome
    2008 15 Feb-27 May, USA, Corning, Corning Museum of Glass, Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Neck and handle only acquired from Miss Auldjo.

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • DBH.2504


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