Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask
An ancient Roman aubergine glass sprinkler flask, a perfume vessel, with a cylindrical neck and pinched lugs on the surface of the body.
Ca. 3rd century AD.
Glass making technique in antiquity originated in the second millennium B. C. in Egypt and Mesopotamia and progressed from core-molding to mold-pressing and glass-cutting, subsequently to free-blowing and mold-blowing. With a versatility like no other known material in Roman times, abundant availability, lightness and ease of use, glass enabled the imitation of a wide range of other materials (especially precious metals or stones), whether in the form, the design or the color. Furthermore, the ancients certainly knew that glass is a chemically neutral substance, what makes it particularly suitable for the storage of food, but also of cosmetics or pharmaceutical products.
Formerly in a European private collection, 1980?s.