Ancient Roman Clear Glass Perfume Bottle

£ 250.00

An elegant ancient Roman glass bottle blown from clear glass. The upper body displays a globular form gradually narrowing towards the bottom. The vessel stands on a flat, slightly concave base. An elongated cylindrical neck with a flaring rim extends from the body. The glass itself is translucent and showcases a very slight pale yellow hue.

Date: Circa 1st-2nd Century AD
Provenance: Ex SM collection, London 1970-2010.
Condition: Very fine condition, with some earthly encrustations. There is a crack at the base of the vessel.
Product Code: RGS-76
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By the 1st century AD, the technique of glass-blowing had revolutionised the art of glass-making. The new technique allowed craftsmen to use smaller amounts of glass for each vessel and obtain much thinner walls, so enabling the creation of small medicine, incense, and perfume containers in new forms. The small body and mouth allowed the user carefully to pour and control the amount of liquid dispensed, and glass was the material of choice for storing the oils because it was not porous. These small glass bottles are found frequently at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries, and the perfumes which filled them would have been gathered from all corners of the expansive Roman Empire.

Weight 13.96 g
Dimensions W 3.7 x H 10.8 cm

Blown Glass


Southern Europe

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