Ancient Roman Glass Beaker

£ 650.00

An Ancient Roman pale blue glass beaker with a slightly flaring rim. The vessel features a cylindrical body with straight sides, slightly funneling inwards leading to a folded, flat foot ring. Two continuous band decorate the body of the beaker.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd Century AD
Condition: Good condition, with earthly encrustation and iridescence to the surface and inside.


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 vessels to be produced for a range of different purposes. 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. A large part of ancient glassworks were designed for tableware use, in particular for carrying and serving water and wine at banquets.

To find out more about Roman glass please see our relevant blog post: Collecting Roman Glass and Ancient Roman Glass.


Weight 87.5 g
Dimensions W 5.8 x H 10.1 cm



Reference: For a similar Item, please see The Met Museum, Item 81.10.92

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