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Roman Glass Jar w/ Pearlescent Iridescence

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. A fabulous hand-blown glass jar with an apple-shaped, rounded body, a fluted, wide rim, and sinuous ribbon-like handles attached to rim and shoulder. Blown from translucent pale aqua colored glass, time has left the surface with a thick, pearlescent iridescence that shines with a creamy and silvery iridescence, especially on the shoulder and inside of the wide neck. The thicker glass of the handles is a deep aqua color; these, too, have shimmering iridescence. Size: 3.4" W x 3.25" H (8.6 cm x 8.3 cm)

Condition: Intact, with beautiful encrusted pearlescent iridescence over much of the surface. The shoulders and upper body have some light pitting/wear commensurate with age. No pontil mark remaining. A pontil scar or mark indicates that the vessel was free-blown. The absence of such a mark suggests that the work was either mold-blown or that the mark wore away over time.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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