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.
During the later Roman period, particularly In the Eastern Mediterranean, we see the widespread use of trailing glass as decoration, this was often coloured to contrast with the body of the vessel.
Roman glass antiquities are some of the most collectable artefacts available and look spectacular when displayed in a lit cabinet.
Condition: Fine (see photos)
Provenance: Ex. private collection, UK; acquired at UK auction.