Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines in antiquity 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 vessels 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.
Roman Blue Glass Jar
A Roman glass flask in a beautiful deep blue colour. The cylindrical body features a pattern of regular indentations in the glass, which would have been added before the glass cooled during the glass blowing process. The neck starts narrower than the body, but slowly increases until the mouth, which is the same diameter as the rest of the piece. The base also has a slight conical indentation.
Condition: Very good condition, some earthenware visible.