Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 19, 2016

HEAD-SHAPED BOTTLE of A Private Dutch Collection of Roman Glass





1st – 3rd Century A.D., Eastern Mediterranean, perhaps Italy
I sings 78b/Stern MCT VII, Intact, some wheatering

Description:This royal blue cosmetic bottle is blown into a two-part mold (free-blown cylindrical neck and rim). The base is decorated with concentric rings (like type A,no.139 Toledo Museum)

Remark:P.L.W.Arts: ‘ During the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD glass-makers in the Eastern Mediterranean and especially those along the Syro-Plastinian coast produced a large number of double or ”Janiform” head-flasks. These later also became common in north-western Europe from the 2rd century onwards. Two heads joined back to back were a popular motif in antiquity, which was used in particular on ceramic vessels of the 7th and 6th century BC (Stern 1995)’
Museum Honig Breethuis (NL) ’Fascinating luxury of Antiquity’
12 November 2011– 30 January 2012 , exp no. 21

Provenance: Private American collection

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