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Lot 0054
Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 2nd century CE. A gorgeous, semi-translucent Roman glass vessel of vibrant golden amber hues with canes of opaque white glass swirled throughout the drop-shaped body including its tubular neck. This type of ancient glass - known as "marbled", "color-band", or "mosaic" glass - is created through a process of casting and blowing which allows the artist to weave strands of different-colored glass throughout the composition. The slightly concave base and smooth pontil scar allow the vessel to rest upright, and areas of silvery, golden, and rainbow-hued iridescence - boasting fiery pink, aqua, purple, and green hues - provide tantalizing highlights of color. Vessels like this example would have been used by the ancients to contain scented oils or other precious liquids. Size: 3" H (7.6 cm)

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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Smooth pontil mark with deposits. May have once had a rolled rim but difficult to discern; the straight edge of the rim is very smooth. Normal weathering to surface with incredible iridescence - so many colors of the rainbow - as well as silver and gold!

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Pretty Roman Marbled Glass Flask

Estimate $800 - $1,000Sep 27, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA