Ancient Roman Green Grape Flask

GBP 1,900.00

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Object Description

An Ancient Roman pale green glass grape flask of a very large size. The vessel features a long neck with rounded, flattened rim and an oval body. The relief decoration on the body consists of small, tightly-packed knobs, which were likely designed to imitate a bunch of grapes. Some light mother of pearl like iridescence and earthly encrustation are visible to the surface. A rare piece considering its size and condition.

During the Roman Empire glass was often the preferred material for storing expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines because it was not porous. The small body and mouth allowed the user carefully to pour and control the amount of liquid dispensed. By the 1st century AD, the technique of glass-blowing had revolutionised the art of glass-making, allowing for the production of small medicine, incense, and perfume containers in new forms. These small glass bottles are found frequently at Hellenistic and Roman sites, especially in cemeteries, and the liquids which filled them would have been gathered from all corners of the expansive Roman Empire.

Object Condition

Extremely fine, complete and intact. Few stabilised stress cracks to the neck and shoulders.

Object Details

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+44 (0)208 364 4565
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The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James