Roman, early Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE. A fabulous free-blown flask formed from semi-translucent, pale yellow-green glass. The vessel is defined by a slightly-concave base, a spherical body with a rounded shoulder, a tapering cylindrical neck, and a collared rim. The composition of the glass is quite thick, making for a sturdy utilitarian design, and several wheel-cut striations ring around both body and neck. Faint silvery and rainbow-hued iridescence envelops the exterior surfaces and nicely complements the soft spring hues. Size: 4.3" W x 6.1" H (10.9 cm x 15.5 cm).
For a strikingly-similar example, please see "Solid Liquid: Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Glass." Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, 2000, p. 57, fig. 82.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Martin Wunsch collection, New York, New York, USA, acquired in the 1980s
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Rim repaired from multiple large pieces with small chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Minor abrasions to base, body, and neck, with light weathering film. Light earthen deposits as well as nice silver and rainbow iridescence throughout.