A Roman glass flask in clear glass with a slight blue tinge. The vessel has a rolled-over rim which is slightly angled to the neck which itself is very slightly angled to the piriform body. The base is flat, gently thickened at the centre.
At the height of its popularity in Rome, glass was present in nearly every aspect of daily life. It was a particularly favoured container for precious, valuable liquids, such as expensive oils, perfumes, and medicines which were produced from all corners of the Roman empire. This particular shape is fairly ubiquitous, though the condition and clearness of the glass is quite unusual. An unassuming but quite lovely piece.
Circa 1st-2nd century AD.
cf. item 224: Roman and Pre-Roman Glass in the Royal Ontario Museum.