Ancient Roman Opaque Blue Glass Flask

$808.57

A delicate Roman flask blown from opaque light blue glass. The vessel features a concave base with a bulbous body, leading to a narrow cylindrical neck, and an everted, flattened rim. The flask displays some iridescence and earthly encrustation to the surface.

Date: Circa 1st Century AD
Provenance: Acquired 1970-1999. London collection of the late Mr S.M., thence by descent.
Condition: Good Condition

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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.

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

Weight 25 g
Dimensions H 6.5 cm
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Glass

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