UNUSUAL ROMAN GLASS FLASK
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Measurements: 19.5 cm - height
Description: An exquisite and unusual Ancient Roman glass flask of a delicate yellowish-green colour featuring dark cobalt blue applied loop handles and trail decoration. The vessel features a concave pedestal foot, an elongated, pyriform body leading to a flaring, cylindrical neck, slightly constricted at junction with the flask's body. A dark blue applied trail decoration wave around the neck upwards from the bottom until under the rim. Two applied loop glass handles extend from the shoulders to the neck of the vessel. The jar's body is furthermore decorated with an applied wavy, pincered trail decoration.
Roman glass objects have been recovered across the Roman Empire in domestic, industrial and funerary contexts. Ancient Roman glassware includes some of the finest pieces of art ever produced in antiquity and the very best were valued higher than wares made with precious metals. The Romans loved glass for its practical as well as decorative uses
Flasks with pincered trailing along the body were very popular in the Syro-Palestinian area in the late Roman and early Byzantine times.
Period: Circa 4th - 5th Century AD
Condition: Extremely fine, a rare and unusual piece. Earthly encrustations visible on the surface. Complete and intact