Roman Sand-Core Cast Glass Flask


An early sand-core cast glass flask with a bulbous body, with irregular swirl patterns formed in the relatively thick glass. The flattened rim is folded over, and stands on a flattened base.

Date: 1st Century AD
Condition: Fine condition.


SKU: AS-776 Category: Tag:

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 vessel also allowed the user carefully to pour and control the amount of liquid dispensed. 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.

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

Weight 88.2 g
Dimensions H 11 cm



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