Roman Ribbed Glass Bowl

£ 3,000.00

A good-sized Ancient Roman bowl made out of aqua coloured glass. The vessel, created through a mould, features a slightly out splayed rim with a rounded edge, the shallow sides curving in to the slightly concave bottom. It shows twenty-two ribs to the outside of the body, tapering towards the bottom. Beautiful translucent iridescence has developed on the item’s surface.

Date: Circa 1st Century AD
Provenance: From the private collection of a London gentleman.
Condition: Extremely fine, slight dulling and weathering due to ageing.
Product Code: RGS-61
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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 15.5 x H 4.5 cm

Southern Europe


Moulded Glass

Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 81.10.39

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