Ancient Roman Green Glass Flask


A very fine Ancient Roman flask blown from pale green glass, featuring a large pyriform body leading to a long, cylindrical neck with a wide everted, folded rim. The vessel sits on a flat base that is slightly concave toward the centre. A delicate vertical ribbed decoration is seen across the body extending from the shoulder to the base, reflecting the excellent Roman glass-blowing technique.

Date: Circa 3rd-4th Century AD
Condition: Excellent condition, some minor blowing striations across the body and earthly encrustation to the interior.

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SKU: WF-20 Category: Tags: ,

Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines because it was not porous. The small body and mouth of the vessels allowed the user to carefully pour and control the amount of liquid dispensed. 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,  enabling the creation of medicine, incense, and perfume containers in new forms. Along with the unique shapes, different components were added to the hot glass to create a variety of colours. The green tint seen in this piece would have been created by adding copper.

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

Weight 238.2 g
Dimensions H 21.0 cm



Reference: For a similar item,The Metropolitan Museum, item X.214

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