Roman Glass Date-Shaped Flask

SKU GF.0059
Circa

1st century AD – 2nd century AD

Dimensions

3″ (7.6cm) high

Medium

Glass

Origin

Eastern Mediterranean (Found in Hebron)

Gallery Location

USA


 

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 honey brown 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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