Culture: Roman
Date: 1st Century A.D.
Medium: Glass
Condition: Intact, with a black weathering crust lightly flaked in areas to reveal a highly iridescent layer.
Provenance: Ex- American private collection; European art market.
Dimensions: H. 4 5/8 in. (11.5 cm.)
Ref No.  RO1314

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Roman mold-blown amphoriskos of pale aubergine glass. The ovoid body of the vessel loosely resembles that of a Roman Amphora and is decorated by a pattern of neatly stacked horizontal ribbing.

On top is a cylindrical neck with infolded rim and two elegant trailed handles with pinched rounded finials join the shoulders and lip.

Cf: Ancient Glass formerly in the G. Sangiorgi Collection, Christie’s New York, June 1999, lot 162, p. 69; The more common variant lacking such elaborate handle treatment and made with a far less articulated mold in E. Marianne Stern, The Toledo Museum of Art. Roman Mold-Blown Glass (Rome, 1995), nos. 65-68, pp. 158-159; Ancient Glass in National Museums Scotland, C.S. Lightfoot, no. 237, p. 103; The Constable-Maxwell Collection of Ancient Glass, Sotheby Parke Bernet, June 1979, lot 152, p. 95 (without the elaborate handle treatment).