DATE-SHAPED FLASK of Joop van der Groen
Roman Empire, Syrian-Palestinian coast │ 2nd half 1st century – early 2nd century AD
Size: ↑ 7,6 cm; Ø max. 3,2 cm; Ø rim 1.9 cm. │ Weight: 57 gram
Technique: Mold blown. Tooled.
Classification: Isings (1957) form 78 d. Stern (1995) type MCT VIII.
Description: Transparent yellowish brown glass, the most usual colour of date-shaped flasks. Blown into a two-part mold of two vertical sections in the form of a ripe date.
On the body relief pattern like the wrinkles in the skin of a ripe date. Rim folded outward, down and inward. No pontil mark.
Condition: Intact except a minor chip to rim.
Remarks: The two-part mold of two vertical sections has been made by using an original ripe date as contra-mold.
Stern (1995) says: “A delicate glass bottle in the shape of a date filled with sweet date oil would have been a most appropriate gift on the occasion of a New Year, as well as on other occasions.”
Provenance: ± 1985 – 2011 Private Collection, England.
Published: Kunst der Antike (Gorny & Mosch, München), Auktion 202, 14-12-2011.
Reference: The Constable–Maxwell Collection of Ancient Glass (Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co. London, 1979), no. 74; Antike Gläser – Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Kassel (M. Boosen, 1984), no. 13; Roman Mold-blown Glass – The Toledo Museum of Art, The first through sixth century (E. Stern, 1995), no. 95; Les Verres Antiques du Musée du Louvre II (V. Arveiller-Dulong & M-D. Nenna, 2005) no. 663; Kunstwerke der Antike (Cahn Auktionen AG Basel), Auktion 7, 03-11-2012, no. 54; Roman and Early Byzantine Glass – a Private Collection (H. van Rossum, 2014), no. HVR 051.