A HERODIAN GLASS PERFUME FLASK
Please refer to our stock # G.55 when inquiring.
Herodian Period; c. 1st Century CE
Of Eastern Mediterranean production this flask is made of pale green to colorless glass and is comprised of a small piriform body with a cylindrical neck terminating in an everted rim. Although produced to be as close to colorless glass as possible this example now boasts a layer of natural and lovely iridescence to create the rainbow of colors present on the piece today.
In excellent condition.
Height: 6.5 cm (2.56 inches)
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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Yael Israeli, “Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum”, p. 207; fig. 242.
Vessels such as this were used in antiquity for the storage of precious liquids, most notably perfume and ointments. This is supported by the vessels themselves, which are formed specifically to impede the flow of liquid. They were extremely popular in the ancient world and have been found in the remains of inhabited settlements as well as in tombs.
The Herodian Period (37 BCE-70 CE) is associated with the rule of the Herodian Dynasty in Israel. Although by far the most famous works of this period belong to the extensive building projects of Herod the Great a plethora of material culture belonging to those from all walks of life can be found; bringing one closer to this dynamic period of history in the Holy Land.
“Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it, nor can it be had for jewels or gold.” (Job 28:17)