Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask
An ancient Roman aubergine glass sprinkler flask, a perfume vessel, with a cylindrical neck and spherical 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, 1980s.