Large Roman Glass Rectangular Bottle

£ 1,360.00

A beautiful Ancient Roman mould-blown glass bottle. The vessel features a rectangular body, a short neck and a folded, flaring rim. One applied handle rises vertically, extending from the rim to the body. A geometric decoration moulded in relief, consisting of five circles, is visible to the base.

Date: Circa 1st-2nd Century AD
Condition: Extremely fine with signs of aging and earthly encrustations on the surface. Beautiful mother of pearl like iridescence on the surface.


Product Code: RGS-20
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During the Roman Empire, a large part of ancient glassworks was designed for tableware use, in particular for carrying and serving water and wine at banquets. These types of bottles existed in various dimensions and shapes. In the Western Roman Empire cremation was practiced and sometimes bottles like these were also used for cinerary purpose.

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

Dimensions H 17 cm

Blown Glass


Southern Europe

Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item 81.10.21 .