Pair of Miniature Glass Flasks

GBP 1,100.00

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Object Description

A fine pair of Ancient Roman miniature glass flasks of blue and silver hues. Both flasks feature a flat base, a cylindrical body and a long neck. While one flask appears beautifully and intricately decorated with an applied trail of dark blue glass, creating a mesmerising wavy motif, the second flask appears more simple in the design with two applied handles extend from the flat rim to the shoulders.

The Romans loved glass for its practical as well as decorative uses. Considering the vessels’ dimension and delicacy, this pair of glass flasks lead back to an all-female environment. Such miniature vessels were used as containers for ointments, powders, balms, and other liquids associated with the toilet, especially perfumes: the small mouth of the two flasks is ideal for slow, careful pouring, while glass was preferred for holding liquids, due to its non-porous, non-absorbent nature.

Period: Circa 2nd-3rd century AD

Condition: Extremely fine with signs of aging and earthly encrustations to the surface. Beautiful mother of pearl like iridescence on the surface.

NB: The price is for the pair.

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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