Roman Glass Bottle


An Ancient Roman light green blown glass bottle. The vessel sits on a flat foot and features a flared base which then constricts to an ovoid shaped body leading to a cylindrical neck, with a light constriction at the base, which then flares to an out-splayed folded rim. The vessel is covered by thick layers of encrustations, some brown-black, some of lighter colour.

Date: Circa 2nd-3rd Century AD
Condition: Extremely fine, thick encrustations to the surface.


SKU: CS-309 Category: Tag:

As in the modern day, glassware in antiquity was considered an art form, with the best pieces were valued higher than wares made from precious metals. 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. 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.

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

Weight 104 g
Dimensions H 14 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item number 74.51.219

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