Roman sprinkler

€700
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Object number
AR2291
Perfume bottle with pattern on mold-blown body. An aperture made it easy to dispense the precious content drop by drop. Made in the Roman province Syria in the 3rd to 4th cent. AD.
Object: Roman sprinkler

Material: Pale green glass.

Period: 3rd cenutry AD to 4th century AD.
Late Roman.

Description:    Glass flask with pear-shaped body. The short neck is funnel-shaped and terminates in a folded lip. The body was blown into a mold to create a pattern of circles. Characteristic for this type of glass vessel is the neck being pushed downward at the time of manufacture. This technique almost fully shut the neck at its base so that liquids can easily be released from the flask drop by drop. These so-called sprinklers were used for precious contents such as perfume. The type was produced in the Roman province Syria.

Dimensions: 144mm height, c. 95mm diameter.

Condition: Very good condition with nice iridescence. Sticker reading "10" at the bottom side.

Provenance: Acquired by us in 2017 from the private posession of M. Voos, Germany. Inherited by M. Voos from the Germany private collection H. Herbst. Acquired between 1976 and 1978 on the London art market, probably at Davies Antiques, for the Herbst collection and brought to Germany.

References: Cf. Y. Israeli, Ancient Glass in the Israel Museum, p. 224f, no. 277 and 278.
Similar U. Liepmann, Glas der Antike, p. 83, no. 97.

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