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Roman Glass Tubular Vessel

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Price: $415.00
Item Number: CA-09-145

 Intact. Roman tubular kohl vessel of transparent gray-green glass, with a flaring rim folded inward, decorated with a single neatly applied trail of dark bluish-green that makes eight full revolutions around the body, ending just above the base, a tubular body widening to a slightly bulbous shape at the bottom, and a flat disc base of applied very pale green glass with a central pontil mark and clockwise spiral form. Two thickly applied handles of the same color glass as the vessel extend outward from the rim before dropping back to connect again near the center of the vessel's body. Much of the decorative trailing is still intact. There is some encrusted soil inside the vessel and in recessed areas of the exterior.

PROVENANCE: Bonhams, Sale #16777, London, 29 April, 2009, part of Lot # 302. Formerly in a Welsh private collection formed between the 1970s and 2008.

PUBLISHED: Bonhams, London, ANTIQUITIES, 29 April, 2009, Lot #302, listed and illustrated on Page 174.

COMPARISONS: E. Marianne Stern, Roman, Byzantine and Early Medieval Glass, 10 BCE-700 CE, Ernesto Wolf Collection, 2001, Cat. No.143 for a very similar example.