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Highly Iridescent Roman Glass Bottle

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A delicate, thin-walled vessel with a pinched, four-sided base that tapers into a long, narrow neck before gently widening to a rolled-rimmed mouth. Thin trails of glass encircle the neck, creating a diagonal pattern. Time has given the piece a gorgeous pearlescence on its neck and base and a swirling silvery iridescence around its central body. A bottle like this one would have been used to transport and preserve unguents and cosmetics; their narrow necks prevented evaporation. The use of perfumes and cosmetics were so widespread in Roman society that encyclopedist Pliny the Elder and the satirist Martial, both writing in the 1st century CE, bemoaned and ridiculed the habits of Roman citizens for smothering the hair and body in the costly scented oils. Size: 1.55" W x 5.5" H (3.9 cm x 14 cm)

Condition: Intact, with incredible silvery iridescence and pearlescence, mainly around the neck and base. Vessel possesses a pontil scar or mark on its base which indicates that the vessel was free-blown. (The absence of such a mark would suggest that the work was either mold-blown or that the mark was intentionally smoothed away or wore away over time.)

Provenance: private Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA

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