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An Ancient Roman free blown jar in pale green glass, iridescent with globular body standing on a flattened, base, indented in the centre.


Roman Eastern Empire: Circa 3rd-4th century AD.


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

Height: 7.1 cms (2.8 ins).


For similar see item 296; Ancient Glass in the National Museums Scotland; C. S. Lightfoot.


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


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: Roman glass - eastern invention meets empire

Roman iridescent glass jar

SKU: K340
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