Ancient Roman Pale Blue Glass Flask


An Ancient Roman pale blue glass flask with white streaks and a matte finishing. The vessel stands on a flat base and opens at the top into a small mouth with a cream-coloured tubular rim. The short, slightly funnel-shaped neck splays out into a convex sloping shoulder and a squat bulbous body with faint tooling marks at the neck.

Date: Circa 1st Century AD
Condition: Very fine condition; some iridescence remains inside the vessel. Professional restoration to the whole rim.

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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 blue tint seen in this piece would have been created by adding cobalt oxide and copper oxide.

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

Weight 10.8 g
Dimensions W 3.7 x H 5.5 cm




Reference: For a similar item, please see The Metropolitan Museum, item 74.51.193

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