Ancient Roman Glass Alabastron
Ancient Roman Glass Alabastron Ancient Roman Glass Alabastron
Ancient Roman Glass Alabastron

Ancient Roman Glass Alabastron

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    Item No. 30-4398
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    A fascinating relic of the ancient world, this Roman glass alabastron is an extremely rare specimen indeed. Alabastrons stored precious oils, perfumes and even medicinal solutions that were used for many aspects of daily life. The residue of olive oil, balsam, honey and even mastic, have been found in these excavated objets d'art. Their wide rim and elongated lip helped to regulate how much of the precious substance within could drip out of the vessel.

    Glass was one of the most popular and useful materials in nearly every aspect of daily life in ancient Rome. Though the Romans did not invent glass, they revolutionized its production, particularly with the invention of glassblowing in the 1st century B.C.E., and mold-blowing, or blowing glass into a cast mold, circa 45 B.C.E. During the second and third centuries C.E., glassware became more affordable, and a number of table and storage wares were created, including plates, dishes, bowls, beakers, cups, bottles, jars and jugs. After the discovery of Roman glass in 19th-century excavation sites, its signature iridescence enthused many glass artists, including Louis Comfort Tiffany, who used it as the inspiration for his revolutionary “favrile” glass.

    First Century B.C.E.

    3 3/4" high
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    Period: Ancient
    Origin:Italy
    Height:3 3/4 Inches
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