Bottle, Glass, Roman

Production date
4th Century CE
Country
Italy
State/Province
Sicily
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Object detail

Description
Transparent almost colourless glass with squat body. The foot has been formed by an outward fold in the glass, a bulbous body, rising to the gently flaring neck which has a rounded rim. Two relief trails of glass decorate the neck. The bottle displays some iridescence and white encrustation.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman
Production date
4th Century CE
Production place
Measurements
H105mm x W95mm x D95mm
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
E40217

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