A ROMAN GLASS JANUS-HEAD FLASK

A ROMAN GLASS JANUS-HEAD FLASK


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Glass: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1204198
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c. 2nd-3rd Century A.D.

A pale green glass flask with iridescence. Mold blown using a two part mold to produce the body of the vessel in the form of a chubby child's face with curly hair on either side. An elongated neck and everted rim complete the flask.

In excellent and original condition.

3.89 inches (9.9cm) high

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Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority

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Although, referred to as a Janus-head flask there is no reason to assume that any particular person is depicted here, the term simply refers to any flask with a double human headed body of this style and was extremely popular during the Roman period. While the iridescence causes the flask to appear rather opaque, in antiquity, the glass would have been almost clear with a pale green tinge as can be seen around the rim and neck of the flask. This pale green is caused by impurities in the sand which was one of the main ingredients in Roman glass. This impurity was most often in the form of iron.