An exquisite Ancient Roman glass flask of a beautiful light blue colour. This fine vessel features a concave pedestal foot and a short, rounded body leading to a long cylindrical neck. Two applied loop handles extend from the flaring rim to the shoulders. An applied glass trail decoration further enriches the composition, while a mesmerizing iridescent patination covers the surface.
Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD Provenance: Ex J. Lawton Collection, UK 1990-2010. Condition: Extremely fine. Earthly encrustations visible on the surface. Stabilised stress cracks to the neck and foot.
Roman glass objects have been recovered across the Roman Empire in domestic, industrial and funerary contexts. Ancient Roman glassware includes some of the finest pieces of art ever produced in antiquity and the very best were valued higher than wares made with precious metals. The Romans loved glass for its practical as well as decorative uses.
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