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Roman Glass Perfume Vial - GF.0308
Origin: Eastern Mediterranean
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD
Dimensions: 5.75" (14.6cm) high x 1.75" (4.4cm) wide
Collection: Classical
Medium: Glass


Additional Information: Sold

Location: United States
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A rare example of Roman glassmaking, this lovely vessel has survived the centuries with its beauty intact. The double-carinated body is quite unusual, rising to a firm and graceful neck. Originally, such a vessel would have contained perfumes, perhaps the scent of roses that bloomed in Egypt or jasmine from Persia. Time has compensated for the loss of its ancient contents by giving it a silvery patina, the color of a moonlit sea. As we admire its graceful elegance, we cannot help but imagine the woman who tipped its contents onto her fingers long ago. From such an image as this, we can reconstruct an entire vanished world. - (GF.0308)

 

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