ROMAN MARBLED BIRD-FLASK
ROMAN MARBLED BIRD-FLASK of Nico F. Bijnsdorp
1st century AD. Eastern Mediterranean.
H= 4.6 cm. D max= 3.0 cm. L beak= 2.2 cm. L body= 8.9 cm. Weight 15 gr.
Condition: Intact. Some surface pitting and weathering.
Technique: Free blown. Tail and mouth tooled.
Description: Opaque aubergine and white marbled glass.Vessel in the form of a stylized bird. Tail extended and pinched. Short neck raised vertically to splayed mouth. Rim folded outward, up and inward and pinched to form a spouted beak. Flat base.
Remarks: Although so-called “bird flasks” are commonly spread throughout the Roman Empire, marbled ones are extremely rare. So far no parallel could be traced.
Provenance: Collection Dr. P.H. Plesch (AGv9H). Collection Dr. Leo Mildenberg, Zürich, January 1973.
Published: Christie’s 28 April 2009, No. 68.,Groen 2011, Romeins Glas uit Particulier Bezit, p. 132.
Exhibited: Thermenmuseum Heerlen (NL) April 29 till August 28 2011, No. 250.
References: Saldern 1974, Oppenländer Collection, Nos. 574-577.Kunz 1981, Kunstmuseum Luzern, No. 233.Arveiller-Dulong 2005, Louvre Museum, Nos. 644, 645.