Wine jug and wine in Roman antiquity
Even in ancient times the Romans were expert wine growers. Wine was more important than water. According to various sources, the daily average consumption was a litre per person – watered down wine was even drunk for breakfast.
It was used in medical applications. The most diverse illnesses were treated with different wines and it was even used for massages and compresses.
Wine was a part of the culture in the Roman Empire. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the production of glasses and carafes became so important.
Many European museums today have sections devoted entirely to the display of Roman glass. Glass and wine jugs reflected the aims, ideas of beauty, and the state of manufacturing technology prevalent at the time.
The wine jug Amicus is based on an ancient original
It’s not known on whose table the original wine jug - the one that the Amicus Roman wine jug was modeled on - stood long ago. But one thing is for sure: its owner could consider himself lucky that a jug could not be more durable.
- The wine jug is 24 cm tall
- It is 11.5 cm in diameter
- It is handmade
- The original dates back to between the 3rd and 4th century
- It is in Amiens, France, in the museum of Picardy
An absolutely beautiful wine jug
Anyone who is familiar with ancient Roman glass will recognize in this piece the progress made in glass production within just a few centuries. The glass blower who produced the original Amicus Roman wine jug was a master craftsman, an artist in his field.
The balance of form and proportion is in perfect harmony with the fluting on the handle, around the neck, and base of the vessel. The convex bottom gives the impression of stability as well as delicacy.
The Amicus wine jug makes any table look beautiful
It’s easy to imagine how stylish this elegant carafe looks when filled with fine wine on a beautifully laid table. It lends every table a festive look and quickens the pulse of every art lover.
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