Flask, Glass, Globular, Roman

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

Description
A large and intact fine glass flask. Generous proportions of the flask terminate in a flared neck and exhibit neither a finished rim or added foot. The pale green glass has a bluish tinge with some iridescence and encrustation.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Roman
Production date
4th Century CE
Production place
Measurements
H152mm x W110mm x D110mm
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.
Registration number
E40223

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