Ancient Roman blown glass flask, c. 4th Century AD. An exceptional example with thin walls and a concave bottom. The body is apple shaped and the long neck terminates in a sharply flared funnel shaped rim with rolled edges. The flask is formed of an attractive light green glass. Excellent condition, with some encrustation and areas of light irridescence. (174 x 73 mm – 6 13/16 x 2 7/8 inches)
Ref: Roman Byzantine and Early Medieval Glass, Ernesto Wolf Collection, 2001 (Catalog #104-106) for related examples from Ancient Palestine.
Provenance: Artemis Gallery, ex: Brousseau Collection.
The survival of this fragile glass seems nearly miraculous. Occasionally examples where the glass has reacted to burial exhibit a shimmering iridescence that has long captivated the imagination of the most ardent collectors and artists.