EXCEPTIONAL ROMAN SPRINKLER FLASK

£1,750.00

Measurements: 8.7 cm – height

 

Description: A beautiful twin-handled Roman sprinkler flask with trailing decoration across the surface and multi-coloured iridescence. The vessel features a flaring rim with a narrow neck and a bulbous body. The handles connect the rim and the shoulder of the vessel and are executed in white glass paste. White glass paste is used across the body in a spiral as a decoration – the so-called trailing. The technique of trailed threading is where molten glass threads in contrasting colours were wound onto the body of the hot vessel in a spiral. Sprinkler jars were a popular type of vessel in the Roman Empire and are characterized by a very small, constricted opening inside the neck designed to dispense small amounts of liquid - virtually drop by drop This small jar was made of blown glass and it was probably used to store cosmetics or expensive scented oils. The colourful iridescence appeared as a result of natural decay of the glass in contact with the soil, however, it gives the vessel a magnificent shine.

 

Period: 3rd – 4th cent. AD

 

Condition: Very fine, intact. The trailing is chipped in places. Covered with iridescence.

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