ANCIENT ROMAN GLASS FLASK

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Measurements: 9.8 cm - height

 

Description: A beautiful Roman glass flask of transparent glass. The flask has a globular body, a narrow and long neck with an everted and folded irregular rim. The vessel has a flattened, slightly concave bottom. This delicate flask was likely used for keeping expensive cosmetics and oils. Roman glass was not naturally colourless. The natural bluish green colour of the glass of this vessel was modified in order to achieve the colourlessness and transparency. This was done by adding manganese or antimony to the primary glass mix.

Reference: Hayes, J.W., Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in Royal Ontario Museum, 1975, nos. 217, 222.

Period: early to middle 1st cent. AD

Condition: Very fine, intact. Dark brown encrustation layer to the inside of the vessel. Bubbles trapped in the glass mix.

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