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Gorgeous Roman Glass Vial - Cobalt Blue

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A beautiful, free-blown glass vial of sapphire-blue coloration and a graceful form. It has a rounded base with a smooth pontil, an elongated piriform body, a slightly-constricted neck line, a tall cylindrical neck, and a splayed lip. Minute vertical striations within the glass itself indicate this was pulled from a dense ball of molten glass. The saturated cobalt hues are quite striking and imbue the vessel with the color of a roiling sea. The interior and exterior surfaces are covered in gorgeous rainbow iridescence, making this an exemplary piece of Roman glass-blowing artistry! Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 5.875" H (14.9 cm); 6.45" H (16.4 cm) on included custom stand.

This piece exemplifies the beauty of ancient glass, its sublime form and artistic aesthetic of the caliber that impressed Seneca who marveled in his "Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium" (65 CE) that a glassblower could "by his breath alone, fashion glass into numerous shapes which could scarcely be accomplished by the most skillful hand."

Condition: Vessel repaired from multiple pieces, with light adhesive residue along break lines, and some new material within gaps. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, with small nicks to rim, base, and body, otherwise excellent. Light earthen deposits as well as stunning rainbow iridescence throughout.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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