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ROMAN MARBLED BIRD-FLASK

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on May 25, 2016

ROMAN MARBLED BIRD-FLASK  of Nico F. Bijnsdorp

ROMAN MARBLED BIRD-FLASK 1st C

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.

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