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A GROUP OF TWO ANCIENT ROMAN BLOWN GLASS VESSELS, AD

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Lot 0708 Details

Description
A GROUP OF TWO ANCIENT ROMAN BLOWN GLASS VESSELS, AD 1-400, consisting of a pale blue clear glass unguentarium with an iridescent paste, metallic surface, height: 6", and a singled handled pale yellow amphora, with a circular spout over applied strapping, on a alabaster square plinth base, height: 6 1/8". NOTE: "The earliest shape to be blown, the bulbous bottle with a tubular neck, was made throughout the Roman empire? This general purpose bottle, probably known as ampulla in antiquity, was made in a wide range of sizes. Small ampullae are called unguentaria or balsamaria in modern terminology after the contents which were often unguents or ointments, but the bottles were also used for scented oils, cosmetics, pigments, salves, medicines, and even dried herbs. The bulbous bottle was simply the simplest shape to blow because it needed very little tooling. The glassblower could make a spherical, piriform, or tubular bottle without touching the glass. The rim could be finished by reheating: the simple action of rotation caused the rim to flare outward and the edge to fold over" (Stern 2001:43). When a glass bottle is new, there is no such thin film. The wall of the bottle is homogenous. But "as glass is exposed to water in its burial environment, some of its [chemical] components can be dissolved by the water and carried away (leached out). This generates a thin surface layer of glass that has a different composition that the undegraded bulk of glass. Often, there is a think layer of air between the corroded surface and the bulk" (Bezúr 1999).
Condition
The blue vase has encrusted soil and dirt mostly to one side of the interior and exterior, and some flaking of the iridescent surface, in moderately unstable, good condition. The yellow vase has apparent repairs throughout the body near the base with glue residue, some cracks, and soil on the interior and exterior surfaces,

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A GROUP OF TWO ANCIENT ROMAN BLOWN GLASS VESSELS, AD

Estimate $150 - $300Oct 15, 2017
Starting Price $75
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