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The Holy Land, also called the Syro-Palestinian region, includes Syria, Phoenicia, Palestine, and Judaea.
Roman, Syro-Palestinian (Samaria?), Snake-ThreadFlask, Late 2nd - Early 4th Century A.D.
Snake-threadornamentation originated in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire in the second half of the second century and its popularity peaked in the first half of the third century. Snake-thread decoration was revived in the second half of the fourth century in the east and in the west near Cologne in modern Germany. Serpentine form trails may vary in thickness, may be the same color as the vessel (usually colorless) or brightly colored (common in the West). Ontario Museum 309, with similar subtle snake-threadornamentation, is attributed to Samaria, 3rd to early 4th century A.D. AG63814. Snake threadflask, cf. Ontario Museum 309 (for similar ornamentation), 12.4 mm (4 7/8"), Complete and intact, funnel mouth with rolled rim, cylindrical neck, bulbous body, snake-threadornamentation on the body, flat bottom; from a Florida dealer; $970.00 (€824.50)
Roman, Syro-Palestinian, GlassSprinkler Jug, c. 3rd A.D.
This form is missing from the major references but we know of other examples from the market. AG63811. Sprinkler jug, 10.5 mm (4 1/8"), complete, tiny chip in handle (visible in photo), possibly a small rim repair or just flaked weathering, thick yellowish brown enamel-like weathering, free-blow, yellow-green glass, pyriform body, tubular neck, slight funnel mouth, washer-like constriction at the base of neck, handle attached below rim and below neck, kicked bottom with pontil mark; from a Florida dealer; $460.00 (€391.00)
Roman, Syro-Palestinian, FusiformUnguentarium with Iridescence, c. 3rd - 5th Century A.D.
Hayes' Ontario Museum catalog references many similar specimens, noting some are from Beirut. Our example is finer than most examples of similar form, many of which appear to be carelessly made. Hayes' dates the type 5th century or later. Perhaps the finer form indicates ours is earlier. AG63806. Fusiformunguentarium, cf. Ontario Museum 461, complete, intact, much iridescence; 16.5 cm, spindle-shaped long tubular body, upper half is a neck narrowing slightly to folded and flattened rim, small shoulder at center, lower half is a narrow tubular body narrowing to a rounded point; from a Florida dealer; $420.00 (€357.00)
Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Glass Miniature Juglet Amulet, c. 4th Century A.D.
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years. Ex RobertHaas collection. This and a few other ex Haas miniature jug amulets offered here may be ex Kofler-Truniger lot 204. They appear to be some of the same pieces but it is difficult to be certain from the small black and white catalog photo.
"Freestanding zigzag" is a decorative techinque consisting of a freestanding coil, usually zigzagged between the rim of the vessel and the shoulder forming an open lattice free standing above the vessel's neck. On this example it is standing over the body, elevated by two coils.
In the Ernesto Wolf Collection, Marianne Stern argues the distribution of this type of juglets, from the Holy Land to western Europe, indicates they were produced in Palestine as early Christian amulets and taken as relics or souvenirs from holy areas. AG32442. Holylandglass juglet amulet; cf. Corning Museum of Glass III 962 (a gift to the museum from RobertHaas), Kofler-Truniger lot 204, Superb, a true Gem!, 2.5 cm (1"), dark blue glass body with coil at shoulder and another low on the base; clear glass rim, open handle and freestanding zigzagornamentation forming lattice cage above the body; $180.00 (€153.00)
LA.D.ders to Heaven, our Judeo Christian Heritage 5000 BC - A.D. 500
A fully illustrated catalog of objects from the Lands of the Bible Archaeology Foundation collection for the Royal Ontario Museum exhibition.BL16234. Ladders to Heaven, our Judeo Christian Heritage 5000 BC - AD 500 by Suzanne M Heim, 1979, 28 pages, 26 plates, booklet format; $20.00 (€17.00)
Biblical Antiquities, Alex G. Malloy Auction
The great names of the Biblical characters are brought to life in this collection.BL10888. Biblical Antiquities, Alex G. Malloy Auction, 14 plates, 52 pages; $5.00 SALE PRICE $2.50
Heritage Signature Auction 6170, Biblical Archaeology and Related Objects, Beverly Hills, Nov 2016
Featuring the Yevneh Ten Commandments Stone.BL17239. Heritage Signature Auction 6170, Biblical Archaeology and Related Objects, Beverly Hills, Nov 2016, softcover, 51 pages, 100 items, cover wear and tear, international shipping at the actual cost of postage; $4.00 SALE PRICE $2.00