Roman glass objects have been recovered across the Roman Empire in domestic, industrial and funerary contexts. Ancient Roman glassware includes some of the finest pieces of art ever produced in antiquity and the very best were valued higher than wares made with precious metals. The Romans loved glass for its practical as well as decorative uses.
Roman Green Miniature Glass Flask
An Ancient Roman translucent blown glass of an unusual and rare shape. The vessel of a beautiful light green colour features a flat, folded foot, piriform-shaped body leading to a flat, folded rim. This piece shows its original translucency: the metallic iridescence, which can be admired on the surface of Roman glassware, was unintentional and was caused by the weathering on the surface, which depended mainly on burial conditions of the item.
Provenance: Private Mayfair, London collection, SM.
Condition: Fine, complete and intact. Signs of aging and earthly encrustations visible on the surface. Light patination to the surface.