Roman Light Blue Glass Perfume Bottle

£ 225.00

A very fine, small Ancient Roman glass bottle made from pale blue glass. The vessel features a globular body slightly flattened at both ends with a convex base. The body extends into a cylindrical neck with a beveled, folded rim. A pearlescent, multi-coloured iridescence covers the exterior and interior of the vessel. A beautiful example of Roman glass craftsmanship.

Date: 1st–2nd century AD
Condition: Very fine condition. The bottle is intact and stands securely on its own. Couple of minor hairline cracks to the body of the bottle. Some earthly encrustation to the surface.
Product Code: RES-247
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By the 1st century AD, the technique of glass-blowing had revolutionised the art of glass-making. The new technique allowed craftsmen to use smaller amounts of glass for each vessel and obtain much thinner walls, so enabling the creation of small medicine, incense, and perfume containers in new forms. The small body, long neck, and small mouth allowed the user carefully to pour and control the amount of liquid dispensed, and glass was the material of choice for storing the oils because it was not porous. These small glass bottles are found frequently at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries, and the perfumes which filled them would have been gathered from all corners of the expansive Roman Empire.

Weight 48.65 g
Dimensions W 5 x H 5.5 cm

Blown Glass


Southern Europe

Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, item 74.51.5787

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