An Ancient Roman metallic green mould-blown glass flask depicting the Roman god Janus. The flask features a long cylindrical neck, a flat lip and a rounded body in the shape of two identical youthful cherubic faces, their curly hair represented by raised blobs. 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.
In Ancient Roman and Latin mythology and culture Janus was the god of begins and was one of the oldest and most important divinities. Janus is usually depicted with two faces, since the god can look at the future and the past.
Period: Late Roman Period, circa 3rd century AD.