Roman, late Imperial Period, ca. 4th century CE. A fabulous free-blown transparent glass vessel of a pale-green, near-colorless appearance with a concave base and a smooth pontil scar, a spherical body with a pronounced kick at the bottom, a collared rim, and a deep interior cavity. A trio of applied blue-green glass dots are presented equidistantly across the midsection of the body, imbuing the vessel with a burst of vibrant color. The elegant fire-polished surface and near-absence of any weathering gives this jar almost the exact same appearance as it had in antiquity. A stunning example of high-quality Roman glassware! Size: 4.425" W x 4.5" H (11.2 cm x 11.4 cm).
Pliny the Elder paid homage to the beauty of the many hues created in hand-blown glass, but pointed out that colorless translucent glass was the most coveted, "There is, furthermore, opaque white glass and others that reproduce the appearance of fluor-spar, blue sapphires or lapis lazuli, and, indeed, glass exists in any color . . . However, the most highly valued glass is colorless and transparent, as closely as possible resembling rock-crystal." (Pliny, Natural History XXXVI.198 from "Solid Liquid" catalogue, Fortuna Fine Arts, New York, 1999, p. 64.)
Published in "Solid Liquid: Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Glass." Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, 1999, p. 112, fig. 202.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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