A superb Ancient Roman ribbed glass bowl, in a lovely amber hue. Hemispherical in shape with slight iridescence on the interior, this blown glass bowl is an example of the excellent craftsmanship of Roman glass makers, shaped with vertical protruding ridges, adding texture and intrigue to a simple design.
The invention of glassblowing revolutionized completely the production of glass in the ancient world, and thus became one of the principal and major industries in the Roman Empire. Thanks to the glassblowing process, Roman glass became extremely popular and was used in many and different aspects of everyday life: some were used as drinking vessels, while others became perfume bottles. Miniature vessels would be used as charms, or even worn as pendants. Roman glass can be admired in a wide range of shapes and colours. Each different colour was created adding specific metal to the silica and soda compost. The amber colour on this beautiful piece has been created by adding iron-sulphur.
Date: Circa 1st-3rd century AD