Object Description

This ancient Roman translucent flask has a round body and a conical short neck, widening towards the unfolded rim. This small flask also displays a decoration in relief, small pinched protrusions, which surround the body. The base is flattened and slightly concave. Roman glass was bluish green in its natural state, which resulted from the iron oxide present in the silica or the sand. De-colorants such as manganese or antimony had to be added in order to produce transparent glass. Although the iridescence of this piece is a result of chemical processes after the vessel was buried, it provides it a nice glow.
Period: 3rd – 5th cent. AD

Object Condition

Excellent, item intact, with iridescence covering the surfaces.

Object Classification

  • material
  • dimensions
    H:11.5 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

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Dealer Location

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