Roman Glass Flask 2nd - 5th Century CE

£750.00 $951.23 Product Code: 2023120703

Technical Description 

An ancient Roman glass flask produced sometime between 101 - 500 AD. The glass material is translucent and of a naturally hued pale aqua-blue which has a high frequency of pinprick bubbles.

 

The flask exhibits a funnel-shaped mouth leading to a slightly thickened rim. It’s cylindrical neck tapers, expanding downwards to a constriction. A broad body with beautifully pronounced shoulders sweeps into a slightly concaved base.

 

Shouldered flasks with a funnel mouth are quite difficult to come by, few examples have been available on the open market over the past few years.

Date & Origin 

Roman Imperial Era, 2nd - 5th century CE. Eastern Mediterranean, Syrian Region.

Condition

Excellent, Intact. The entire vessel is very well-preserved with minimal weathering, and trace encrustation to both the interior and exterior. A fine iridescence can be seen within the glass material itself as expected.

Dimensions

Height: 16.8 cm
Diameter: 8.8 cm

Historical Context

Similar examples of this flask have been excavated in Bethlehem, Israel & in Alauf, Baalbek, Syria. Researchers have stated that this form may have been used for mixing wine with water.

Documented Examples

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: https://emuseum.mfah.org/objects/44491/large-bottle

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/67601

MET Museum, New York: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/248856

MET Museum, New York: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/244652

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem: https://www.imj.org.il/en/collections/242843-0

Art Institute of Chicago: https://www.artic.edu/artworks/65678/bottle 

 

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