We often cover the beauty of Roman glass here at Pax Romana. They’re some of our favourite item and as they feel like such delicate pieces of history in your hand.

This stunning glass plate however is a little bit of a far cry from the small bottles and flasks we usually have for sale. Its large size is immediately impressive and its clear glass, which was seen as the height of sophistication at the time, is mesmerising.

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C.50-300 AD. Roman. A stunning glass plate in a greenish blue fabric with an outward folded rim, hemispherical bowl and applied ring foot. Two dolphin-shaped applied handles are attached to each side of the plate, just below the rim. This beautiful piece corresponds to an Isings form 5 (C. Isings (1957), Roman Glass from Dated Finds) which was popular from the Claudian-Neronian period until the 3rd century. 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. This plate would have been used as a fine tableware for serving food. Excellent condition.

Size: L:430mm / W:530mm ; 8.8Kg

Provenance: Important London collection of Ancient art; formed in 1970-80s then passed by descent.

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