Bottle, Glass, Roman

Production date
4th Century CE
Country
Italy
State/Province
Sicily
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Description
Pale transparent glass bottle. Square base, small body with four indentations providing a square appearance. Above the neck, the rim has been substantially turned out and under and then flattened, in proportion to the base. The bottle exhibits some iridescence.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman
Production date
4th Century CE
Production place
Measurements
H80mm x W30mm x D30mm
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. Given the size of this vessel, it likley held a precious substance such as a perfume or oil.
Registration number
E40208

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