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.