Roman double head flask with Medusa

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Object: Roman double head flask

Material: Translucent green glass with strong iridescent patina.

Period: 1st cent. AD to 4th cent. AD.
Roman Imperial period.

Description:    Small glass bottle blown in two-part mold. The body has the shape of two Medusa heads back to back. Flat base and long cylindrical neck.
This type of head vessel originates from the Eastern Mediterranean. The production of such flasks continued until the 4th century AD. The face of Medusa was the most popular feature of the head flasks.

Dimensions: 63mm height. 36mm width.

Condition: Perfectly preserved. Body fully intact and covered with a nice iridescent patina.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2021 from the private posession of M. B., North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. M. B. acquired the flask and other objects from the T. family collection, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. The flask was added to the collection on 1977 December 6th by acquisition from the Cologne, Germany based art dealer Koelner Muenzkabinett Tyll Kroha. A copy of the receipt is available.

References: Cf. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession no. 17.194.244.
Similar A. von Saldern, Ancient Glass in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, no. 37.
Similar Y. Israeli, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum, p. 219, no. 266.

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