Light aubergine in color, the ovoid body of this vessel was blown in a two-part mold. Around the body is a frieze with a continuous vine scroll flanked above and below by a band of ridges and vertical flutes. The cylindrical neck extends into a slightly splayed lip, with in-folded rim and two delicately trailed handles. An extremely fine vase retaining some of its original fire-polished surface. Very rare in such a state of preservation.
Cf: D. Whitehouse, Roman Glass in the Corning Museum of Glass II, 2001, 42, no. 512;The Toledo Museum of Art, Roman Mold-blown Glass, E.M. Stern, Toledo 1995, no. 56, p. 153; The Alfred Wolkenberg Collection of Ancient Glass, Christie’s London, July 1991, lot 90, p.35; Dusseldorf, no. 39; Glass from the Ancient World, The R.W. Smith collection, Smith 1957no. 75; Eisen pl. 58.; Ancient Glass, Frederic Neuburg, 1962, no. 38.