Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

ROMAN GLASS CANDLESTICK BALSAMARIUM

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on January 26, 2021

32R TALL CANDLESTICK BALSAMARIUM of the Allaire collection

32r-candlestick-balsamarium

                                              

Height: 18.5 cm Weight: 52 g  Date: 2-3rd century

Remarks: This ordinary utilitarian blown bottle of pale green glass from the second century takes on an extraordinary appearance.  Weathering has left a beautiful iridescence over virtually the entire glass object. It has a two faint wheel-cut lines circling the body.  The vessel, used for perfume, was designed with a long neck inhibiting evaporation of the precious liquid within.

Condition: Intact with iridescent weathering.

Reference: Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery, Susan Matheson, 1980 #157, Ancient Glass in the Museum of Fine Arts, Axel von Saldern, Boston, 1968 #47, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum, The Elihu Dobkin Collection and Other Gifts, Yael Israeli, The Israel Museum Jerusalem, 2003 #254

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