ANCIENT ROMAN TWIN-HANDLED FLASK

S O L D

Measurements: 10.7 cm – height, 5.9 cm - width

 

Description: A piriform shaped flask with a large globular body leading into a narrow neck and ending in a wider, inverted rim all in a delicate pale yellow glass. Two applied handles, in a bright turquoise glass, situated at the base of the neck to the top of the body. A delicate silver iridescence creates a mottled effect across the whole flask. The pale yellow colour of the glass was achieved by adding lead or antimony to the glass. The vivid blue colour of the handles is a result of adding copper oxides to the mixture. Although the iridescence of this piece is a result of chemical processes after the vessel was buried, it provides it a nice glow.

 

Period: 2nd  – 3rd   cent. AD

 

Reference: Hayes, J.W., Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in Royal Ontario Museum, 1975, no. 123.

 

Condition: Very fine, intact. Silver iridescence across the majority of flask.

 

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