Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 15, 2020

Tall cylindrical Roman glass bottle


The Windmill Collection of Roman Glass


Date: Late 1st – 2nd Century AD,  Roman Empire, possibly Rhineland

Size: ↑ 21.6 cm  │  Ø 9.5 cm

Classification: Isings (1957), form 51b; Fleming (1999),  var. type 91.26.5 (handle)

Provenance: Akanthos Ancient Art, Antwerp (Belgium)

Description: Tall cylindrical mold-blown bottle of transparent blue-green glass. The round body tapers slightly downwards, no pontil mark is visible on the gently curving bottom. The short, compact cylindrical neck and shoulders are blown free, the rim folded out, then up and in. The top of the mouth is rounded after the glass is reshaped outward. The handle is attached to the rounded shoulders that has been pulled up vertically with seven fine ribs and then pressed against the neck with a small bend downwards.


Condition: Completely intact

Exhibited: 29-4 / 28-8-2011 Thermenmuseum, Heerlen (The Netherlands),‘Romeins glas, geleend uit particulier bezit’ (expo nr. 209)

Remarks: Cylindrical bottles like this have almost certainly been used for the storage and transportation of liquids. They were mainly manufactured in the western part of the Roman Empire from the end of the 1st century and remained in use until the 3rd century. The color suggests that this bottle was manufactured in Cologne or the surrounding area. Specimens from the Mediterranean region sometimes have grooves cut horizontally. However, in view of the collar rim, production in Cyprus or Asia Minor is also not excluded.

References:       The Yunwai Lou collection of Ancient Glass and Antiquities 2015, nr. 133; Hermitage Museum nr.Vander Groen collection VDG 046

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  1. wynkin said, on September 15, 2020 at 6:19 am

    A beautiful shape.

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