Bottle, Glass, Roman
Circa 1st Century CE Country
Italy See full details
The bottle is of fine glass, olive colored with an ovoid body shape and flat base. The body features an unsual pinched decoration which makes the glass ripple. The neck is slender and flares out to a flat lip. A slight crack to the shoulder.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman
H120mm x W46mm x D46mm
History and use
Glassmaking has evolved through the centuries. Techniques have included inflating glass using a blowpipe (blown), using open moulds (casting), and covering a core with glass (core formed). Artists began to experiment with colour, design, patterns and inlays, which were added for special embellishment. Small imperfections are present - handles are not always level, the body may contain air bubbles, yet these lend uniqueness and charm to each item. Glass was often a luxury item. Bottles such as this were used for storing and serving oils, sauces, and vinegars.