Roman Glass Flask


C. 100-300 AD. Roman. A beautiful pale blue-green glass candlestick unguentarium of flask with an out-turned rim, cylindrical neck, bell-shaped body and slight kick in the base. Glass was a major manufacturing industry in the Roman Empire, especially after the invention of glassblowing in the middle of the first century BC, when glass became used for a variety of purposes including vessels, jewellery and construction materials such as glass or tiles. Roman glassmaking reached the farthest corners of the Empire and flourished until about 400 AD, when the Roman Empire started to disintegrate, finally falling in the late 5th century AD. Vessels like this one would have been used for storing precious liquids like oils or perfumes. Excellent condition; beautiful glass quality.

Size: L:115mm / W:55mm ; 65g

Provenance: Property of a central London Ancient Art Gallery; previously obtained from a British private collection formed in the 1990s.

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