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Roman, Syro-Palestinian (Samaria?), Snake-Thread Flask, Late 2nd - Early 4th Century A.D.
Snake-thread ornamentation 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-thread ornamentation, is attributed to Samaria, 3rd to early 4th century A.D.
AG63814. Snake thread flask
, cf. Ontario Museum
309 (for similar ornamentation
), 12.4 mm (4 7/8"), Complete
, funnel mouth with rolled rim, cylindrical neck, bulbous body, snake-thread ornamentation
on the body, flat bottom; from a Florida dealer; $970.00
Catalog current as of Monday, March 18, 2019.
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