Bottle, Glass, Roman

Production date
4th Century CE
Country
Italy
State/Province
Sicily
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Description
Transparent pale green bottle which exhibits some iridescence and encrustation in brown and white material. The mouth of the flask is out-turned with no rim. The neck is decorated with glass trails and the body has thirteen vertical ribs as an adornment. The body has an attractive style and has an underturned foot to give it stability.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman
Production date
4th Century CE
Production place
Measurements
H147mm x W96mm x D96mm
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
E40215

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