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Lot 0034D
Roman, early Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE. A petite free-blown semi-translucent glass vase, also known as an "ampulla," of a deep cobalt blue color. The vessel is defined by a concave base with rough pontil scar, an apple-shaped body with a rolling shoulder, a narrow tubular neck, a flared and in-folded rim, and a pair of applied trail handles joining neck to shoulder. Though one of the handles is comprised of solely blue glass, the other is detailed with a large trail of very dark glass of either a green or purple hue. The exterior of the vessel boasts wonderful areas of silver and rainbow-hued iridescence which nicely complement the sapphire hue of the glass. A fabulous example from ancient Rome! Size: 1.9" W x 2.875" H (4.8 cm x 7.3 cm).

For a similar example, please see "Solid Liquid: Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Glass." Fortuna Fine Art, Ltd., New York, 1999, p. 65, figs. 108-110.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Repair to one handle with small losses near where handle meets shoulder. Surface wear and minor abrasions commensurate with age, and light roughness to base, rim, and handles. Nice earthen deposits and beautiful silver and rainbow iridescence throughout.

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Beautiful Roman Glass Ampulla - Cobalt Blue

Estimate $900 - $1,400Jul 19, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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