A Roman flask in blue-green glass with a cylindrical body, rounded rim and flat base, inverted towards the centre. The body is mould-blown with regular light vertical fluting. Trailed applied handle (same colour as body) from rim to shoulder.

Eastern Mediterranean: First half 4th century AD.


Very Fine condition: Complete and intact; a few light deposits.

Height 6.8 cms (2.7 ins).


Cf. Item 428; Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum;J.W. Hayes.


Glass was often the preferred material for storing the expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines which were imported from around the Roman empire. The small body and mouth allowed the user carefully to pour and control the amount of liquid dispensed. Glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes and medicines because it was not porous.

Roman ribbed glass flask

SKU: H624
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