ROMAN AUBERGINE GLASS JAR
Measurements: 12 cm – height
Description: An Ancient Roman blown glass jar of a good size, in a deep aubergine colour. The contrast between the original light blue colour of the glass and the purple iridescence creates mesmerizing shades of emerald green to the inside of the vessel.
The jar features a rounded body, a short neck and a folded, flaring rim. A delicate trail decoration is applied at the end of the neck, while the globular body displays a moulded ribbed decoration.
Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines in antiquity because it was not porous. By the 1st century AD, the technique of glassblowing had revolutionised the art of glassmaking, allowing for the production of medicine, incense, and perfume containers in new forms and shapes. 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.
Period: 3rd - 4th Century AD
Condition: Extremely fine. Earthly encrustations visible to the surface.