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
Swirled Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask
A series of mold-blown sprinkler flasks having a closed off dropper mouth were created during the Third and Fourth Centuries. Such vessels exhibit a similarity in shape with a few variations in design. The swirled ribbing of this piece is typical, but the treatment of the mouth is not. Here the more common funnel-mouth is replaced with a tooled collar, suggesting a later date of manufacture into the Fourth Century.
H: 7.5 cm
Ref: Antonaras, Fire and Sand: Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum, Anastassios C. Antonaras, 2012 #111