The Romans were some of the earliest manipulators of glass, developing glass blowing techniques and using these pieces for cosmetics, dining and ceremonies. From around 70AD it was this clear glass that was used for the finest pieces and seen as the most exclusive and expensive.

A flask like this was likely used for holding a wealthy Roman’s cosmetics.

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C. 100-300 AD. Roman. A beautiful pale blue-green glass candlestick unguentarium of flask with an out-turned rim, cylindrical neck, bell-shaped body and slight kick in the base. Glass was a major manufacturing industry in the Roman Empire, especially after the invention of glassblowing in the middle of the first century BC, when glass became used for a variety of purposes including vessels, jewellery and construction materials such as glass or tiles. 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. Vessels like this one would have been used for storing precious liquids like oils or perfumes. Excellent condition; beautiful glass quality.

Size: L:115mm / W:55mm ; 65g

Provenance: Property of a central London Ancient Art Gallery; previously obtained from a British private collection formed in the 1990s.

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