Roman Glass Dropper Flask

£300.00

An iridescent glass flask with ovoid body, short neck, wide mouth, and rolled rim.

Date: 3rd Century AD
Provenance: UK art market, acquired prior to 1980.
Condition: Fine condition with earthy encrustations. on the surface

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Product Code: ES-19153
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Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines 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 bottles 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.

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.

 

Weight 54.7 g
Dimensions H 8.3 cm
Culture

Glass

Region

Reference: Similar item: D. Whitehouse, Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass, vol. 2, New York, 1997. Item 792.

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