Roman Glass Date-Shaped Flask

SKU SF.276
Circa

1st Century AD to 2nd Century AD

Dimensions

2.75″ (7.0cm) high

Medium

Glass

Origin

Eastern Mediterranean

Gallery Location

UK


 

The wrinkled surface and the colour of this vessel combine to give a naturalistic representation of a dried date. Small mould-blown flasks of this type were common in the first and second centuries A.D and have been found across the Roman Empire.

This vessel would have been blown into a two- part mould of two vertical sections, it is of a cream colour, the rim is rounded, the neck is short. The relief patterns consist of short wavy ridges imitating the wrinkles of the skin of a ripe date. Flasks of this kind would have been probably made to store perfume.

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