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Lot 0034E
Roman, Imperial period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A charming, rare vessel carved from rock crystal, with a rounded, apple-shaped body, a flat rim, and two drilled holes on the upper shoulder to allow suspension. The rock crystal has been carefully smoothed so that the surface is incredibly pleasing to touch, with a nice weight as it sits in the hand. The Roman naturalist Pliny described rock crystal as having come from snow, and it seems that the Romans believed it was a form of petrified water. Size: 2.05" W x 1.7" H (5.2 cm x 4.3 cm)

Another Roman rock crystal vessel sold at Christie's London in 2011 for GBP 55250 (approximately $75000 USD): https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-roman-rock-crystal-amphoriskos-circa-1st-5425425-details.aspx

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Light encrustation in lower profile areas and very light surface wear, including some tiny pitting. Otherwise in excellent condition.

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Roman Rock Crystal Balsamarium

Estimate $4,000 - $6,000Jul 19, 2018
686 S. Taylor Avenue Suite 106
Louisville, CO 80027
United States
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