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Hexagonal Jar

6th Century - 7th Century
3 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 2 7/16 in. (7.9 x 7 x 6.2 cm)

Syro-Palestinian artist
Syria or Palestine

Object Type: Glass
Medium and Support: Mold-blown glass
Credit Line: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection
Accession Number: 1928.20
Location: Currently on view
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Collection: The C. Herbert Ocumpaugh Collection

Although glass had been produced for millennia in Egypt and the Middle East, the industry developed rapidly during Republican and Imperial Rome. Skilled craftsmen set up workshops throughout the Empire, where they created mass-produced wares for myriad peoples and uses. This small jar, decorated with a menorah and probably used by Jewish pilgrims visiting holy sites in Jerusalem, was created long after the decline of Rome, though using the same advanced techniques developed under skilled Roman glassmakers.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

C. Herbert Ocumpaugh, Rochester, NY (1864-1929); his gift to the University and the Gallery in 1928

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Ocumpaugh property at 51-55 Main Street East Note from the Rochester Images project, direct url:

"The Ocumpaugh family was prominent in Rochester for many years. E. Ocumpaugh sold ready-made clothing from a shop at 71 Main Street in the 1840s. Later the "Ocumpaugh Building", occupied a space on the south side of the west end of the Main Street Bridge into which the "Y" moved in February 1876. In the mid-1920s, C. Herbert Ocumpaugh presented his collection of Egyptian and Eastern-Mediterranian antiquities to the Memorial Art Gallery."

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