Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines because it was not porous. The small body and mouth of the vessels allowed the user to carefully pour and control the amount of liquid dispensed. By the 1st century AD, the technique of glass-blowing had revolutionised the art of glass-making. The new technique allowed craftsmen to use smaller amounts of glass for each vessel and obtain much thinner walls, enabling the creation of medicine, incense, and perfume containers in new forms. Along with the unique shapes, different components were added to the hot glass to create a variety of colours. Along with the unique shapes, different components were added to the hot glass to create a variety of colours. The light blue seen in this piece would have been created by adding copper while the dark blue would have been formed from cobalt.
Roman Blue Glass Flask with Trailing
A very fine Roman flask blown from blue glass featuring a globular body with tapering shoulders leading to a cylindrical neck with a slightly flared rim. The flask sits upon a flat circular foot which displays a small pontil mark. Dark blue trailing encompasses the neck creating a spiral pattern. Two dark blue handles have been attached to either side of the vessel from the rim to the shoulder. Each feature two loops, one above each other, with a larger loop below.
Condition: Excellent condition, some encrustation visible to the surface.