Selection of Ancient Roman Glass Flasks


A fine narrow Roman flask blown from pale blue translucent glass. The top and bottom of this piece have been moulded to have a flared and folded base and lip. Leading from the rim is a narrow cylindrical neck which slightly broadens towards the body. There is still a beautiful white iridescence on the surface with some signs of ageing with earthly encrustation.


Date: Circa 1st-2nd Century AD
Condition: Very fine. There are some signs of ageing on the surface..


These stunning pieces show their original translucency: 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.

Many items of ancient glassware were designed for tableware use, in particular for carrying and serving water and wine at banquets. Bottles were one of the most frequently used containers, and existed in different dimensions and shapes. This variety was allowed by the technique of glass-blowing, which had revolutionised the art of glass-making by the first century AD.

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

Weight 9.5 g
Dimensions W 2.3 x H 7.1 cm



Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1856,0501.12 andThe British Museum, item 2018,5014.3

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