This perfume holder characterizes a common type of glass made in Egypt during the Second and Third centuries A.D. The dark green color, wide neck, thick walls and base occur on all of the pieces from this group. These sturdy containers were probably used for shipping perfume. It is intact with brilliant iridescence.
D: 2-3rd Century
H: 7 ¾ cm, Rim: 6 cm, Base: 6 ½ cm
Ref: Kevorkian #317-323, Auth 1976 #139, Barakat #G168, 169, P. 120
SPRINKLER FLASK (our first)
This pale olive green bottle has a funnel-shaped mouth and two handles of a darker green color. The faint diagonal pattern on the body was achieved by first blowing the glass into an optic mold. The bubble was then removed, twisted and further inflated. The small hole created by the neck constriction in this vessel permits only a drop or two of liquid to pass through at a time. This also prevents the costly contents from evaporating. The glass is still fairly clear and transparent as it was originally intended when created. Flask is intact. It was found in Israel.
D: 3rd to 4th Century AD
H: 7.5 cm Rim: 5.2 cm
Green Late Roman Glass Goblet
Transparent pale green glass goblet with conical bowl the rim rounded and slightly thickened showing horizontal tool marks near edge. The short stem was made separately, then connected. The folded foot has a hollow tubular edge. Goblets of similar form have been found dating from late Roman 4th on into the 6th&7th Century.
H: 10 cm
D: 5th to 7th Century
Ref: Corning Vol1 #156, Stern, 2001 #174
Roman or Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker
This rather large pale yellow-green concaved beaker with a thin glass trail around its center has the elements of both a 1st C. Roman jar and a 5th C. Merovingian bell beaker. There are parallels on both sides of the question but no exact one like this example. Whatever the century it is a beautiful glass beaker.
H: 7.5 cm
Rim D: 8.5 cm
First to Sixth Century
Ref: Corning Vol. 1 #166, Corning Vol. 2 #672
Bottle with Spectacle Decoration
This is a Roman flask of colorless glass. It has a spherical body with a pushed-in bottom, a tubular neck constricted slightly at the base, and a rounded rim. Fine trails of aquamarine glass were wound around the neck and body, then crimped into a festoon pattern. This spectacle decoration was popular during the late Roman & Byzantine periods.
H: 10.5 cm
Stern# 162, Israel Museum p. 53
A typical late First Century shape appears in this slender, small and very common unguentarium also called a tear bottle. The blue green color and silvery iridescence greatly compliments this simple shape making it an interesting piece.
H: 7 cm
Ref: Hayes 1975 #108, Matheson 1980 #82
Roman Ribbed Glass Bowl
The early cast ribbed bowls of the Hellenistic Period were simulated in the First Century by blown bowls with pinched ribs. This example is made of clear colorless glass with no decoration and seems to be rarer then the colored decorated bowls of this type. It was probably made in Northern Italy.
H: 6 cm
Ref: Oppenlander #264 & #265
Roman Two-Handled Bottle with Trailing
Pale yellow-green glass was used to create this two-handled bottle. The un-marvered threads wound around the body demonstrate a common decoration used by First Century glass makers. The slightly out-turned mouth and pad foot combine to enhance the pleasing proportions of this bottle. The shape and decoration of this example are typical of pieces made during this period.
H: 13 cm
Ref: Oppenlander #644, Paris Sale #157
Roman Glass Aryballos
This two-handled globular flask was used for carrying oil to the public baths during the first centuries of the Roman Empire. Many of the remaining examples still have the bronze rings or chains attached to the handles. This example is not typical of the more common heavy aryballoi, but is thinly blown and has a delicacy which is enhanced by its fine proportions and silvery weathering.
H: 7.5 cm
Late First or Second Century
Ref: Pittsburg #123, Paris Sale #277
Hexagonal Roman Bottle
The olive-green color of this hexagonal bottle and its diminutive size make it an unusual example. Probably made in the Second or Third Century, it differs from the later Byzantine types by its thinly blown sides and precise mold markings on the bottom. The base of the vessel is molded in relief with six spokes radiating from a central boss, each termination with a raised dot. It has been suggested that this type may have been made in the Western Provinces
H: 9 cm
Second to Third Century