Bottle, Glass, Unguentarium, Roman

Production date
2nd Century CE-3rd Century CE
Country
Italy
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Object detail

Description
Opaque green blown glass bottle with bulbous body, long slender neck, with out-turned lip. Much encrustation, slight iridescence and internal discolouration.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman
Production date
2nd Century CE-3rd Century CE
Production place
Measurements
H143mm x W73mm x D73mm
Media/Materials description
Glass
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. Merchants and traders packed, shipped and sold goods in a variety of glass bottles and jars.
Registration number
E40199

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