Roman Glass Bottle
CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Roman Empire.
DATE: 3rd-4th Century AD
DIMENSIONS: 7 cm (2.75 in.) tall;
4.5 cm (1.75 in.) wide at the base.
DESCRIPTION: Intact. A Roman mold-blown bottle of uncommon bell
shaped form, in pale blue-green glass, resting on a deeply concave base with edges that have been rounded in the flame, the
tubular body rising to a gradually sloping shoulder that achieves a narrow constriction at the base of a very short tubular
neck, slightly off center, opening to a broad, flattened discoid rim, also smoothed and rounded in the flame. The fabric is
of a consistent thickness on the body and appears almost entirely free of bubbles or inclusions. The vessel's surface inside
and out is covered in a thin opaque film of iridescence that is much more intense on one side than the other, with remains
of bright white flaky weathering in the hollow concave base and inside the neck and upper body.
Ex Bonhams, Sale 16777, London, 29 April, 2009, part of Lot # 302. Formerly in a Welsh private collection formed between the
1970s and 2008.