Roman Blue Cotton Reel Glass Jar


A fine Roman jar blown from translucent blue glass featuring a short, domed body with a slightly concave base. The shoulders taper in to a wide cylindrical neck leading to a flared mouth with a folded rim.

Date: Circa 3rd-4th century AD
Condition: Fine condition, encrustation and iridescence to the surface.

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SKU: LD-655 Category: Tag:

Glass production evolved during the Roman Empire with the introduction of glassblowing, which allowed for a great variety of different shapes and styles to be constructed. The technique allowed for easier manipulation of the glass into more intricate designs allowing the vessels to have an assortment of functions. Glassblowing also allowed for a quicker paced production, the hot glass would be blown into a mould and then removed whilst still hot so that the glass maker could still work on it.

The iridescence on ancient Roman glass was unintentional, and was caused by weathering on its surface. The extent to which a glass object weathers depends mainly on the burial conditions; however, the humidity, heat, and type of soil in which the glass was buried also all affect its preservation.

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

Weight 85.4 g
Dimensions W 7.5 x H 8.7 cm



Reference: For a similar item,Christie’s, London, 25th April 2001, lot 586

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