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Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask

Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Glass: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1226819

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Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask, ca. 2nd - 4th Century CE. Ex: Gershon Bineth collection, Israel. Pear shaped body with cylindrical neck and everted rim. Body decorated with arabesque pattern. 4.606" high. Intact with beautiful patina with small chip on rim, otherwise in very good condition. According to Mark Taylor & David Hill of Roman Glassmakers in the UK, although glass as a workable material has been traced to Sumerian sites in Mesopotamia which date from the 23rd century BC, and despite the great skill in glassmaking techniques practiced by the Egyptians and Syrians, the technique of blowing glass into light and strong vessels was not invented until the middle of the 1st century BC, probably in the region of Syria. The westward migration of glassmakers from eastern Mediterranean lands ensured the rapid spread of glassblowing across the Roman Empire: through Italy, Switzerland, Germany notably along the river Rhine centered around Cologne, France and the Iberian Peninsula.