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Wide-Bottomed Flask

A work made of glass, blown technique.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass, blown technique.

Date:

3rd century AD

Artist:

Roman, Eastern Mediterranean

About this artwork

The iridescent sheen on this flask, an artificially created effect sought after by 19th-century glassmaking innovators such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, was not actually intended by or known to their makers. Because of their association with luxury and precious oils and perfumes, these vessels were often buried with their owners in tombs, the chemical conditions of which, over time, have caused the surfaces to deteriorate, resulting in the shimmering, often opalescent, hues that appeal to the modern eye.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Wide-Bottomed Flask

Origin

Eastern Mediterranean Region

Date

201 CE–300 CE

Medium

Glass, blown technique

Dimensions

10.8 × 12.4 × 12.4 cm (4 1/4 × 4 7/8 × 4 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore W. and Frances S. Robinson

Reference Number

1949.1111

Extended information about this artwork

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