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ROMAN GLASS DOUBLE BALSAMARIUM WITH IRIDESCENCE

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on August 27, 2020

24R Roman glass double balsamarium of Allaire collection

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Date: 4th. to 5th. Century AD Height: 12 cm

Remarks:This elegantly free-blown slender shape is emphasized by the most delicate threaded design which wraps around the entire form. The originally light blue-green glass has developed a brilliant iridescence patina over its surface. Balsamaria from this period were manufactured in single, double and the more elaborate quadruple designs and it is assumed that they were all used for cosmetics.

References : Newark Museum, Auth, 1976, #486, Christie’s March5, 1985 #21, Collection of Monsieur June 1985, #433

 

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