Roman White Glass Hexagonal Flask


An excellent Roman mould-blown flask from opaque white glass. The vessel features a ring foot with an ellipsoid body which tapers in to a thin, cylindrical neck leading to an everted rim. The flask is enriched with six panels, each separated by columns and display either a jug, hydria or kantharos. Below the panels is a garland with bunches of grapes. The piece is mounted on a custom-made stand.

Date: Circa 1st century AD
Provenance: Sotheby’s, London, 7th July 2023, lot 284, previously acquired on the Basel art market during the early 2000’s.
Condition: Excellent condition, earthly encrustation to the surface. The piece itself weighs 22.5g and measures 7.4cm height, 4.8cm width

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Mould-blown glass was a sub-category with in blown glass which as a technique revolutionised the glass-making world during the first century AD. A mould would be manufactured from a hard substance such as metal, clay or wood. This allowed intricate designs to be produced across the glass as the design was already carved, ready for the hot glass to be blown into the mould. The mould itself would usually be in two parts to make it easier to open and remove the glass vessel. Once removed, the glass blower would then manipulate the piece while it was still hot with any extra desired features, for example, forming the handles. Glass makers would create several similar moulds, if they had been successful, and thus there are many vessels of these designs. As moulds were reused, some would shrink due to constantly being heated up. Consequently, the later centuries saw small shaped vessels.

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

Weight 59.8 g
Dimensions H 9.6 cm



Reference: For a similar item,The Metropolitan Museum, item 06.1035.1

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