Roman Green Glass ‘Date’ Flask

£395.00

A green flask in the shape of a date, with vertical ribs on the cylindrical body and a thick, flattened base. The vessel has some earthy encrustation inside the body, and displays a gradual change of colour from dark green at the bottom to pale green at the top.

Date: 1st Century AD
Condition: Fine condition.

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Product Code: AM-003
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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.

 

Weight 23.2 g
Dimensions H 8.5 cm
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Glass

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