A beautiful example of an Ancient Roman glass flask. The transparence and translucency of the glass is juxtaposed with the earthly encrustations on the exterior and interior, and the sheen of iridescence as light moves across the piece. A wide, slightly conical base leads into a narrow neck and then into a wise mouth. A beuatiful iridescence covers most of the surface.
Date: Circa 1st- 3rd Century AD Condition: Very fine condition. Slight earthly encrustations on the interior of the flask.
Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines because it was not porous. The small body and mouth allowed the user carefully to 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.
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