Ancient Roman Ribbed Glass Flask

£ 150.00

A pale green Ancient Roman glass featuring a globular body and wide neck. The piece has vertical ribbing features across the whole of the body in even intervals. The vessel was used as a container for cosmetic products.

Date: Circa 6th Century AD
Condition: Very good. Large areas of natural earthy encrustations.


Product Code: RGS-13
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Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines in antiquity because it was not porous. The small body and mouth allowed the user carefully to pour and control the amount of liquid dispensed. By the 1st century AD, the technique of glass-blowing had revolutionised the art of glass-making, allowing for the production of small medicine, incense, and perfume containers in new forms. Glass vessels are found frequently at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries, and the liquids, which 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 H 6.9 cm

Blown Glass


Southern Europe

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