Byzantine Hexagonal Glass Pitcher
An Early Byzantine blue-green glass hexagonal pitcher with impressed surface designs and an applied handle.
Ca. 6th - early 7th century AD.
Ancient glass manufacture had begun in the 2nd millennium BC in Mesopotamia and Egypt. The Greeks and Phoenicians advanced glass technology greatly in the latter 1st millennium BC. By the early 1st century AD, Roman workshops began large-scale production of blown glass vessels, which came to replace a wide variety of pottery and metal wares. Byzantine glass vessels resembled their earlier Roman counterparts in form and function. However, Byzantine glass blowers, based mostly in the area of Syria and Palestine, developed their own distinct style.
Cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 29.100.73
Formerly in a New York private collection.