Egyptian Glass Vessel

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This Egyptian vessel is a small glass jug. Due to the condition of this ancient vessel, it is difficult to see the green hue. This delicate piece is complete with incised decoration highlighted with white pigment. This small functional piece from ancient Egyptian society would have been hand-blown by tradesmen.  However, the class of the owner is uncertain, due to the bubbles and impurities visible in the glass despite its decorative features.


Conservation History

Initial Condition

This small vessel was reassembled, filled with wax, and has old painted plaster fills. Many of the fragments were misaligned contributing to the poor state. On the surface signs of deterioration was present alongside discoloration and fractures.

Conservation Treatments

In order to separate and remove the prior adhesive, wax, and filling acetone fumes were used on the vessel. Once all the fragments were separated the over painting from the old filling that had been applied to the glass surface was removed with ethanol. Structural filling was required, once the fragments were reassembled with Paraloid B72. To complete the aesthetic continuity of the vessel watercolours were applied to the fillings.


0. Identification: AA1744

1. Institution: Department of Classics; Art Conservation, Queen’s University  (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)

2. Identification References: AA1744

3.1. Category: functional object; archaeological artifact

3.2. Designation:  jug

3.3. Name: Egyptian Glass Vessel

3.4. Details: Diniacopoulos Collection

4.2. Description of Iconography: ribbed pattern

4.3. Iconographic analysis: decorative motif

5.1. Material: green glass; white pigment

5.2. Technique: incised; painted; hand blown

6.1. Unit: cm

6.2. Height: h 8.2  cm

6.5. Diameter: di 17.0 cm

6.7. Form: recessed base; cylindrical body; concave lip; applied handle appendages

7.1. Manner of discovery:  acquired by Vincent and Olga Diniacopoulos

7.2. Place of discovery: Mediterranean Basin

8.3. Region, style, workshop:  unknown

9.1. Inscription or Mark: “Type”:  incised

9.2. Position: exterior body

9.3. Description of transcription: incised ribbed decoration painted white

10.2. Epoch: Ancient Egyptian

11.1. Acquisition method:  donation

11.2. Date of acquisition: 2001

11.3. Previous owner: Diniacopoulos, Olga