Roman Blue Glass Lentoid Flask


A fine Roman pilgrims flask blown from blue translucent glass. The vessel features a flattened lentoid body, cylindrical neck and a thick folded rim. The flask sits upon a flat base, at a slight angle, and displays iridescence and encrustation to the surface.

Date: Circa 3rd-4th century AD
Condition: Fine condition, some surface scratches to the body.

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SKU: LD-671 Category: Tag:

Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines because it was not porous. The small neck and mouth 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, allowing for the production of small medicine, incense, and perfume containers in new forms. These small glass bottles are found frequently at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries, and the liquids, which filled them, would have been gathered from all corners of the expansive Roman Empire. Most likely they were used as personal scent bottles, carrying expensive perfumes. Different minerals were added to create a variety of colours; the pale blue tint seen in this piece would have been created by adding copper.


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

Weight 64.3 g
Dimensions W 5.7 x H 8.8 cm



Reference: For similar: The Metropolitan Museum, New York, item 74.51.68

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