ANCIENT ROMAN GRAPE FLASK

£2,200.00

Measurements: 11.5 cm - height

 

Description: A pale brown glass grape flask featuring a globular body, small and narrow neck and inverted rim. An applied handle also features trailing from the rim to the start of the body. Modelling lines at the bottom of the body and two leaf patterns at even intervals. This piece belongs to a special type of vessels that were modelled naturalistically in shape of various fruits such as dates, grapes etc. The piece was likely pattern-moulded in order to achieve the effect. The golden brown colour of the glass was achieved by heating the glass in a reducing atmosphere in the furnace, a technique peculiar to some Hellenistic glass.

 

Reference: Parallels for decoration: Hayes, J.W., Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in Royal Ontario Museum, 1975, no. 91

Matheson, S.B., Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery, 1980, no. 279. 

 

Period: 1st century AD

 

Condition: Very fine, intact.

 

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