Exceptional Iridescent Roman Glass Flask

£ 395.00

A stunning Ancient Roman glass flask, reminiscent of the date shaped glass flask type. The vessel features an oval shaped body and a short neck leading to a rounded, everted rim. Featuring an extremely luminous silver iridescence, this flask represents a wonderful example of everyday items, likely used by a woman belonging the wealthy class.

Date: Circa 1st-2nd Century AD
Provenance: From an important collection of a Japanese gentleman, deceased, 1970-2015.
Condition: Extremely fine, some earthly encrustations on the surface.
Product Code: RGS-52
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As in the modern day, glassware in antiquity was considered an art form, with the best pieces were valued higher than wares made from precious metals. Glass bottles, such as this interesting example, were used as containers for ointments, powders, balms, and other expensive toiletry liquids, especially perfumes: the small mouth of the bottle is ideal for slow, careful pouring, while glass was preferred for holding liquids, due to its non-porous, non-absorbent nature. Glass vessels are found frequently at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries, and the liquids that filled them would have been gathered from all corners of the expansive Roman Empire. Thanks to the invention of glass blowing it became possible to create moulds in order to mass produce popular designs.

To learn more about Roman glass, visit our relevant post: How It Was Made: Roman Glass.

Dimensions H 7 cm
Region

Southern Europe

Glass

Blown Glass

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