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    Sale 13850

    Ancient Glass from the Shlomo Moussaieff Collection

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 269

    A ROMAN COBALT BLUE GLASS MEDUSA HEAD FLASK

    CIRCA LATE 1ST - EARLY 2ND CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN COBALT BLUE GLASS MEDUSA HEAD FLASK
    CIRCA LATE 1ST - EARLY 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    The body blown into a two-part mould with double Medusa heads, each with snake hair in long waves, prominent wings emerging from the hair above the forehead, with large rounded eyes and pointed chin, a thick roll under each chin representing the knotted snakes, mould seam on underside of base, with cylindrical neck and everted rim
    2 ¾ in. (7 cm.) high


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    For a discussion on the different type of head flasks, see Stern, 1995, pp. 201-215.

    Provenance

    Acquired prior to 2000.