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A Roman free blown jar in pale green glass. The jar has a rounded rectangular body with four indentations, made with a tool the rim splayed out to the diameter of the body, and standing on a flattened, base.


Roman eastern empire: 3rd century AD. (likely 200-250 AD.)


Complete and intact with areas of pretty iridescence, a light crust over parts of the body.

Height: 7.8 cms (3 ins).


Purchased from UK collection of P.C. 1990-2010


See Plate E.112; Roman Glass; Reflections On Cultural Change: Stuart J. Flemming.


According to Stuart Flemming this kind of vessel is quite identical to one found in a physician's grave in Cologne, Germany.


Such flasks are frequently at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries. Its most common use was probably as a container for the cosmetic oils and unguents, which were gathered from all corners of the extensive Roman Empire.


See our blog post on Roman glass

Roman glass jar with indentations

SKU: K341

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