ANCIENT ROMAN TRANSLUCENT FLASK

£450.00

Measurements: 11.5 cm – height

 

Description: This ancient Roman translucent flask has a round body and a conical short neck, widening towards the unfolded rim. This small flask also displays a decoration in relief, small pinched protrusions, which surround the body. The base is flattened and slightly concave. Roman glass was bluish green in its natural state, which resulted from the iron oxide present in the silica or the sand. De-colorants such as manganese or antimony had to be added in order to produce transparent glass. Although the iridescence of this piece is a result of chemical processes after the vessel was buried, it provides it a nice glow.

 

Reference: Parallel for the shape: J.P. Getty Museum

 

Period: 3rd – 5th  cent. AD

 

Condition: Excellent, item intact, with iridescence covering the surfaces.

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