Roman Decorated Glass Beaker
ca.400 – 500 A.D.
Rare Late Roman yellow glass flask with trail decoration; formed by a spherical body with a flattened base; wide conical neck with two horizontal ridges on the rim. The flask is elaborately decorated with a green trail – a rare and difficult to apply the technique; such flasks were a rare and expensive commodity in the antiquity.
Glass appealed to the Roman consumer not just for its utility, but also for its aesthetic quality. The technique used to produce glass allowed vessels to appear remarkably transparent. This characteristic, previously limited to elements of the natural world such as water, or tremendously expensive materials like rock crystal, must have seemed almost supernatural to the viewer.
Very Good Condition, Intact. Size: H:115mm / W:83mm ; 68g