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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