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A fine, good-sized Roman unguentarium (the candlestick type) in pale blue glass: The tubular neck leads to a folded-over disk rim; merging below into a globular body, standing on a flattened base, just slightly concave around the centre. Much of the interior of the flask is covered in the most beautiful silvery, blue and purple iridescence. Roman eastern empire Circa 2nd-3rd century AD. For similar examples see items 166; Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery; Susan B Matheson.

Glassblowing developed in the Syro-Palestinian region in the early first century B.C. and came to Rome with craftsmen and slaves after the area's annexation to the Roman world in 64 B.C. The new technology revolutionized the Roman glass industry, stimulating an enormous increase in the range of shapes and designs that could be produced. Glassworker's were no longer bound by the technical restrictions of the casting process. Blowing allowed for unparalleled versatility and speed of manufacture. These advantages spurred an evolution of style, form and experimentation, leading craftsmen to create unique shapes; examples of which include flasks and bottles shaped like human heads, fruits and animals.

Condition: Condition: A fine example; complete and intact with areas of beautiful multi-coloured iridescence.

Dimensions: 12 cm x 6.5 cm approx.

Provenance: Ex. private collection, UK; acquired on the European art market. Previously in an old German collection.

Price: £235.00

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