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Ancient Roman Glass Vessel

Item Number: 10057
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2nd - 5th century CE
3 3/4" (10 cm)
Ancient Glass
Perfect with some encrustation remaining which could be removed if desired.
Acquired in London, from an old English collection.


A very unusual style of an ancient Roman glass sprinkler flask. A pristine example of this category, essential for any serious ancient glass collection. The elongated body (normally sprinkler flasks have bulbous bodies) is mold blown and swirled, giving it this agreeable form. Sprinkler flasks were designed with constricted necks so that the precious unguents stored within would exit slowly. Another interesting feature is the pronounced band around the middle. Part of the band is gorgeous purple. Lovely iridescence distinguishes this vessel. Correct lighting makes this piece stunning.

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