Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 3rd to 4th century CE. A gorgeous mold-formed sprinkler flask composed of translucent blue-green glass. The apple-shaped body rests upon ten tooled feet for stabilization, has a rounded shoulder which leads inwards to a lightly-spiraled constriction ring at the base of the neck, and boasts a tubular neck with a tall, collared rim. The exterior of the body is adorned with dozens of vertical, pattern-molded ribs which add a textured gripping surface in the absence of a handle. Sprinkler vessels were designed to conservatively dispense precious scented oils and perfumes without the liquids evaporating too quickly. Size: 2.875" W x 3.625" H (7.3 cm x 9.2 cm).
Published in "Shining Vessels: Ancient Glass from Greek, Roman and Islamic Times." Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, 1991, p. 53, fig. 86.
Provenance: ex-private Heninger collection, North Carolina, USA, acquired in 1970's
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Very minor nicks to rim and light encrustations, otherwise intact and excellent. Nice earthen deposits and faint rainbow-iridescence throughout. Old inventory labels beneath base.