Byzantine Golden Glass Flask


An extremely fine Byzantine flask mould-blown from yellow glass featuring globular body with a concave base. The shoulder narrows slightly to a cylindrical stepped neck with a flat rim. The vessel is enriched with a curved ribbed effect across the body and spiral tooling around the neck. The beautiful iridescence developed over time has created a green tint to the surface.

Date: Circa 6th-8th century AD
Provenance: Ex J.L. collection, Surrey, UK. Previously deceased gentleman collection, London, 1970-1999.
Condition: Fine condition, some hairline cracks and minor repair across the body and base. Striates and air pockets, formed by trapped air during the manufacturing process, are visible to the surface.

In stock

SKU: LD-627 Category: Tags: ,

Mould-blown glass is a sub-category with in blown glass which, as a technique, revolutionised the glass-making world during the first century AD. A mould would be manufactured from a hard substance such as metal, clay or wood. This allowed intricate designs to be produced across the glass as the design was already carved, ready for the hot glass to be blown into the mould. The mould itself would usually be in two parts to make it easier to open and remove the vessel. Once removed, the glass blower would then manipulate the piece while it was still hot with any extra desired features, for example, forming the handles. Glass makers would create several similar moulds, if they had been successful, and thus there are many vessels of these designs. As moulds were reused, some would shrink due to constantly being heated up. Consequently, the later centuries saw small shaped vessels.

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

Weight 76.53 g
Dimensions W 7.1 x H 17.1 cm


, ,


Reference: For a similar item,Christies, New York, 12th December 2002, lot 424

You may also like…