Large Ancient Roman Pale-Greek Glass Flask


A large Ancient Roman blown glass flask displaying a natural pale-green colour. The vessel stands on a slightly concave base, from which its broad globular body raises and tapers into a long cylindrical neck. A large mouth opens at the top, marked by a slightly outsplayed vertical rim with a folded, hollow horizontal flange below. Bright iridescence partly covers the flask, travelling from the mouth down to the neck and side of the body.

Date: Circa 4th century AD
Condition: Fine condition, some bubble and creamy weathering to the surface.


SKU: MG-177 Category: Tags: , ,

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.

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

Weight 297.2 g
Dimensions W 17.1 x H 24.7 cm



Reference: For a similar item, please see The Metropolitan Museum, item 17.194.128

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