Exceptional Roman Janus Head Glass Bottle

GBP 3,500.00

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Object Description

An extremely fine example of Ancient Roman glass, mould-blown in light green colour. The passing of time has left some dark silver iridescence to the glass’ surface. The glass features a round body resembling two identical plump-faced heads with dimpled chins and curly hair, represented by raised blobs, a short cylindrical neck and a flaring, folded rim. The flask has been blown in a two-part mould: traces of the joining can be seen at the mid-way point, vertically, between the two faces. he double-faced figure can be identified with Roman god Janus. According to Graeco-Roman mythology and culture, Janus was one of the oldest and most important divinities. He was the god of beginnings, and usually depicted with two faces, in order to look towards both the future and the past.

Date: Circa 1st-2nd Century AD

Object History

Ex private collection, SM, London, 1970-1999.

Object Literature

For a similar item, The British Museum, item number 91528

Object Condition

Very fine, most of the item’s surface covered by beautiful iridescence.

Object Details

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

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

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