Roman Yellow Glass Bottle with Funnel Neck


A fine Ancient Roman bottle blown in pale yellow glass, featuring a globular body with a flat concave base. The vessel displays a funnel shaped neck which slightly flares outwards at the folded rim. Beautiful iridescence covers the surface along with earthly encrustation on the interior and exterior of the piece.

Date: Circa 2nd-4th Century AD
Condition: Excellent condition with beautiful iridescence

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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, so enabling the creation 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.

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

Weight 61.6 g
Dimensions W 8.6 x H 13.5 cm



Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1936,0611.25

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