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Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 3rd to 4th century CE. A free-blown amphoriskos comprised of translucent, grey-green-hued glass with a conical body and a rough pontil scar, a rounded shoulder tapering to a narrow neck, a flared and out-folded rim, and a pair of applied trail handles joining rim to shoulder. The fire-polished surface exhibits areas of encrusted deposits which on the shoulders have a faint silvery iridescence. Used for holding small amounts of precious scented oils, this is an elegant example of fine Roman glasswork! Size: 2.3" W x 6.5" H (5.8 cm x 16.5 cm); 6.95" H (17.7 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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Repaired from three or four pieces at shoulder. Repairs are well done and almost invisible, especially when viewed from one side. Deposits on surface as shown. Vessel possesses a pontil scar or mark which indicates that the vessel was free-blown. (The absence of such a mark would suggest that the work was either mold-blown or that the mark was intentionally smoothed away or wore away over time.)

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Stunning Roman Glass Amphoriskos

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000Dec 5, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA