An Ancient Roman blown glass jar of a good size, in a deep aubergine colour. The contrast between the original light blue colour of the glass and the purple iridescence creates mesmerizing shades of emerald green to the inside of the vessel.
The jar features a rounded body, a short neck and a folded, flaring rim. A delicate trail decoration is applied at the end of the neck, while the globular body displays a moulded ribbed decoration.
Roman glass objects have been recovered across the Roman Empire in domestic, industrial and funerary contexts. Ancient Roman glassware includes some of the finest pieces of art ever produced in antiquity and the very best were valued higher than wares made with precious metals. The Romans loved glass for its practical as well as decorative uses.