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Rare Roman Marbled Glass Bottle

Roman, early Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE. A lovely mold-formed bottle made from opaque glass canes of periwinkle, cobalt, and sunflower yellow hues. The globular vessel rests upon a flat base and has a tapering shoulder leading to a cylindrical neck and a collared rim. This type of ancient glass - known as "marbled," "color-band," or "mosaic" glass - is created through a process of casting and blowing which allows the artist to weave strands of different-colored glass throughout the composition. Stylish vessels like this examples would have been used by the ancients to contain scented oils or other precious liquids. Size: 2.875" W x 5.25" H (7.3 cm x 13.3 cm).

Condition: Repaired from dozens of small pieces, with several areas of restoration and overpainting, and light adhesive residue along break lines. Small chips to base and body, with light weathering film. Light earthen deposits throughout.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-private Alteir collection, New York, USA

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