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Roman Glass Vessel - Beautiful Blue w/ White Rigaree

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A near miniature glass vessel of striking cobalt blue hues - the body of a piriform shape rising to a long cylindrical neck that resolves in a folded rim. Contributing to the piece's undeniable beauty is the white threadlike trailing wound around the blue body's contours. In addition to getting lost in this attractive vision, one is also seduced by the marvelous passages of rainbow iridescence that grace the surface. A lovely piece most likely used to store precious aromatic oils, replete with impressive artistry and stunning color! Size: 3.5" H (8.9 cm)

The following is a wonderful quote speaking of the mesmerizing process and the drama involved in creating hand blown glass during ancient times, "The workman having quarried it, brought the glass and put in the fire the mass hard as iron, and the glass, set afire by the all-devouring flames, ran out melted like wax. And to men it was a marvel to see a trail flowing from the fire, and the workman trembling lest it should fall and break; and on the points of the double forceps he put the lump." (Anth. Pal. XVI.323 - Loeb translation by W.R. Paton (1979), vol. 5, p. 353 from "Solid Liquid" catalogue, Fortuna Fine Arts, New York, 1999, p. 19.)

Condition: Repaired from approximately 6 to 8 pieces. Some weathering deposit on exterior and interior. Still, an attractive vessel.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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