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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Glass: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1286144

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at The Inbal Hotel, Liberty Bell Park, 3 Jabotinsky Street
P. O. Box 14646, Jerusalem 9114601, Israel
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c. 3rd Century CE

This vessel consists of an ovoid body in the form of a bunch of grapes on a concave base with a pontil mark still present. A hollow collar sits just above the body and creates a division between the mold blown body and the cylindrical neck. An everted rim is present at the top of the neck.

In excellent condition with natural iridescence present.

Similar examples in variety of world class museums such as the Israel Museum, the Toledo Museum of Art and the Cornell Museum of Glass, etc.

12.7 x 6.5 cm (5 x 2.56 inches)

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Israeli, Y., “Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum: The Eliahu Dobkins Collection and Other Gifts”

S. Matheson, "Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery" , no. 279

Stern, E., "Roman Mold-blown Glass – Toledo Museum of Art – The first through sixth centuries" no. 127

Dilly, G. & Meheo N., "Verreries antiques du Musée de Picardie",no. 169


These grape flasks were extremely popular during this period and were created using a technique called mold blowing in which the glass is placed into a mold prior to air being forced through the blowpipe by the glass blower. This allows intricate and uniform designs such as this one to be created and still allow for the addition of other hand blown elements such as the neck, collar and rim of this vessel.