Ancient Roman Opaque White Glass Bottle


A fine Ancient Roman bottle made from opaque white glass. Standing on a short foot, the vessel features a slender cylindrical body which narrows slightly at the neck. To the top, the bottle opens into a small mouth with a flat, everted rim.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd century AD
Condition: Fine condition, with few hairline cracks on the surface.


SKU: MG-325 Category:

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 allowing the vessels to have 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. As a non-porous material, glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines. The iridescence on Ancient Roman glass was unintentional, and was caused by weathering on its surface. The extent to which a glass object weathers depends mainly on the burial conditions; however, the humidity, heat, and type of soil in which the glass was buried in also all affect its preservation.

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

Weight 16.7 g
Dimensions W 1.5 x H 10 cm



Reference: For a similar item, please see The Met Museum, item 17.194.203

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