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Roman Light Blue Glass Bottle - GF.0350
Origin: Eastern Mediterranean
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD
Dimensions: 3.75" (9.5cm) high
Collection: Classical
Medium: Glass

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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“Glass: Shiny, hard, fragile - shattering in an instant or surviving for thousands of years-a rigid liquid that is worked in a molten state- too hot to touch, but often made by hand- molded, blown, cut, engraved, enameled, or painted. Of the craftsman, it demands the ultimate in steady nerves, skill, control, judgment, and spontaneity.” (Zerwick, Chloe. A Short History of Glass).

Glass, a material developed in the eastern Mediterranean region, largely came to Rome with its makers, Syrian and Judean craftsmen, many of who were slaves. Between the mid-first century BC and the early seventh century AD, Roman glassmaking was influenced not only by the changing values and tastes of the Roman world, but also by historical events. Many new techniques of glassmaking were introduced along the way. Each glass vessel, in its shape and decoration, is therefore a record of the times in which it was made.

This stunning vessel is a marvel of ancient sophistication and appreciation of beauty. It is doubtful that such a splendid bottle could be blown by modern craftsmen. Unfortunately, efficiency and multiplicity dominate most craft industries today. We have sacrificed beauty and individuality in order to achieve quickness and mass-production. However, this vessel is a reminder of other times, where beauty and skill were prized over all other qualities. When one considers the time involved in gathering and producing the oils or perfumes that once filled this bottle, we begin to discover the splendor of ancient times and the wonder of individual hand- craftsmanship. One can discern the action behind each concave dimple pressed into the jar, achieving a texture similar to snake skin. Today we value affordability and durability over artistry; yet this vessel would still be treasured and unique if it was just blown. However, the fact that this bottle represents the glories of antiquity and Ancient Rome makes it that much more magnificent.
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