Ancient Roman Green Glass Grape Flask


A finely moulded ancient Roman flask, blown from green glass representing a stylised bunch of grapes . The vessel features a long cylindrical neck with an out-splayed rim and an ovoid body, sat on a rounded flat base. The body is moulded into a decoration shape, with ten rows of small knobs, resembling a bunch of stylised grapes. Two thin protrusions to the seems represent vine leaves.

Date: 3rd Century AD
Provenance: Acquired in the 1980s-1990s. Previously with Mansour Gallery, London W1. Property of a North West London gentleman.
Condition: Fine condition, some blowing striations are visible across the neck, cracks and repairs across the body.


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During the Roman Empire glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines because it was not porous. The small body and mouth allowed the user carefully to 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, allowing for the production of small medicine, incense, and perfume containers in new forms. These small glass bottles are found frequently at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries, and the liquids which filled them would have been gathered from all corners of the expansive Roman Empire.

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

Weight 74.1 g
Dimensions L 6 x H 13.5 cm



Reference: For Similar: The Metropolitan Museum, New York, item 15-43-184

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