Exquisite Roman Glass Pilgrim Flask with Handles

£ 2,800.00

A strikingly beautiful Ancient Roman glass pilgrim flask, finely blown in aqua coloured glass. The vessel features a flattened, spherical body, a long cylindrical neck and a flaring mouth. Two handles join the neck to the body, enclosing a decorative trail of same coloured glass on the neck. A very fine trail is applied to the whole outside of the funnel mouth. On the body, shallow ribs descending in a spiral from right to left from shoulder to mid-point down side, then fading below, close to the base. The passing of time has left some delicate iridescence to the glass’ surface.

Date: Circa 3rd- 4th Century AD
Provenance: Ex SM collection, London 1970-1999.
Condition: Extremely fine, a beautiful patina of iridescence covers most of the item. Some earthly encrustations.
Product Code: RGS-60
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The Romans loved glass for its practical as well as decorative uses. Glass flasks, such as this beautiful example, were used as containers for ointments, powders, balms, and other expensive liquids associated with the toilet, 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.

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

Dimensions W 8.5 x H 14 cm

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