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Roman, late Imperial Period to early Byzantine Empire, ca. late 3rd to early 5th century CE. A lovely flask which was free-blown from translucent, pale blue-green glass. The vessel is defined by a concave base and smooth pontil scar, an apple-shaped body with an indented shoulder, a tall, cylindrical neck, and a rolled, fire-polished rim. The neck exhibits several rings of thinly-applied trailing with three thicker strands giving the trailing distinct upper and lower areas. Thin layers of silvery and rainbow-hued iridescence envelop the vessel, and several large iridescence flakes are loose within the interior body. Size: 2.375" W x 4.4" H (6 cm x 11.2 cm).
For a similar example, please see "Solid Liquid: Green, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Glass." Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, 1999, p. 90, fig. 162.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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Minor abrasions to base, body, and neck, with very minor nicks to areas of trailing, and some light weathering film across exterior, otherwise intact and very good. A smooth pontil scar indicates the vessel was free-blown and that the scar was gradually smoothed or wore away naturally over time. Light earthen deposits and great silver and rainbow iridescence throughout.