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Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask w/ Spiraling

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 3rd century CE. A free-blown sprinkler flask formed from semi-translucent, pale-green glass with a concave base and smooth pontil scar, a spherical body with a rounded shoulder, a tubular neck with a pinched midsection, and a flared rim with an in-folded lip. The body displays dozens of swirling pattern-molded lines coursing across the exterior, and faint areas of rainbow-hued iridescence complement the vessel's encrusted presentation. Sprinkler flasks were intended to store precious scented oils without rapidly evaporating, and the constricted neck enabled the conservative dispensing of its contents. Size: 2.9" W x 3.55" H (7.4 cm x 9 cm).

For a stylistically-similar example, please see "Solid Liquid: Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Glass." Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, 1999, p. 164, fig. 190.

Condition: Minor abrasions across exterior surfaces and extensive encrustations, otherwise intact and very good. A smooth pontil scar indicates it was intentionally smoothed down or wore away over time. Nice earthen deposits as well as faint rainbow iridescence throughout.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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