A Roman free blown cylindrical bottle in turquoise-coloured glass with a wide flat rim, a short neck leading to a relatively long, slightly tapering body and standing on a flat base, slightly inverted in the centre. The whole vessel with patches of iridescence.
Circa 3rd-4th century A.D.
Condition: Complete and intact with patches of darkened surface crust; with light earthy accretions.
Height 10.6 cms (4.2 ins).
For similar examples see items 221 - 225; Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery (Susan B. Matheson).
At the height of its popularity in Rome, glass was present in nearly every aspect of daily life. It was a particularly favoured container for precious, valuable liquids, such as expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines which were produced from all corners of the Roman Empire.
Roman glass bottle with iridescence
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