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Roman, late Imperial Period, ca. late 3rd to early 5th century CE. A fabulous flask of a substantial size, formed in a mold from semi-translucent, pale blue-green glass. The vessel is defined by a concave base, an apple-shaped body with a rounded shoulder, and a cylindrical neck that gradually expands to a smooth rim. Thin glass trails create 9 rings which coil around the upper neck, and thick areas of silvery and rainbow-hued iridescence enshroud the entire composition. Size: 4.5" W x 8.3" H (11.4 cm x 21.1 cm).
Provenance: private Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA; ex-private Israel collection, purportedly found in Hebron
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Repair to neck just above shoulder, with small chips, light restoration, and some adhesive residue along break lines. Minor abrasions to body, neck, and base, with losses to some trailed coils, and light encrustations. Nice earthen deposits as well as great silver and rainbow iridescence throughout.