Roman Glass Perfume Bottle


A fine Roman perfume bottle blown from pale purple translucent glass with a pink base. The vessel features a globular body sat upon a flat, slightly concave base. The shoulders taper in to a thin, long cylindrical neck leading to an outsplayed rounded rim. The upper body has been enriched with a thick horizontal band, beautiful iridescence covers the surface.

Date: Circa 1st Century AD
Condition: Excellent condition, catalogue number is present to the base 'A 56'. Some earthly encrustation to the surface.


Glass production evolved during the Roman Empire with the introduction of glassblowing which allowed for a great variety of different shapes and styles to be constructed. The technique allowed for easier manipulation of the glass into more intricate designs with an assortment of functions. Glassblowing also allowed for a quicker paced production, the hot glass would be blown into a mould and then removed whilst still hot so that the glass maker could still work on it. Different minerals were added to create a variety of colours; the purple tint seen in this piece would have been created by adding manganese such as pyrolusite.

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

Weight 36.3 g
Dimensions W 5.2 x H 11.1 cm



Reference: For a similar shape,The British Museum, item 1868,0501.255

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