ANCIENT ROMAN YELLOW SPRINKLER FLASK

£450.00

Measurements: 7.4 cm – height, 6.5 cm – width

 

Description: A yellow glass sprinkler flask with light iridescence over the whole. The globular body is decorated with a distinctive spiral pattern. The spiral effect was achieved when the glass was blown into a fluted mould, the mould was removed and the vessel was twisted to form the pattern. The base is concave underneath. The short cylindrical neck leads to a projecting folded flange and a rounded rim flaring upwards. Metal oxides were added to the glass to vary its colour and create objects such as this one. Antimony and lead were used to make yellow coloured glass. Sprinkler flasks are distinguished by the inner disks at the base of the neck, which leave only a small opening for liquid to pass through. The size of the opening indicates that these flasks held precious liquids, such as perfumed oil.

 

Reference: The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

Period: 3rd to 4th century AD

 

Condition: Extremely fine, intact, light iridescence over the whole, surface with minimal exterior encrustations, some encrustations on the interior neck and body.

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