Large Roman Indented Jar

£ 750.00

A large Ancient Roman blown-glass jar with indented sides. The piece features a globular body, however observed from above it has a more pentagonal shape because of the indentations. It has a wide rounded shoulder and a short funnel neck with a flaring collared rim. The base is indented with a pontil mark. The vessel is opaque and covered by encrustation on the inside and slight iridescence on the outside surface. This jar was transparent in its original state because de-colorants such as manganese or antimony were added in order to produce transparent glass without the natural green-bluish hue that was a result of iron oxides in the sand.

Date: Circa 2nd–3rd century AD
Condition: Very fine, intact. Encrustations to the interior.


Product Code: RGS-23
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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 11.5 cm

Blown Glass


Southern Europe

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