London, South Kensington
7 October 2010
A ROMAN MOULD-BLOWN COBALT BLUE GLASS FLASK
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
The body decorated in relief with six vessels each set within a niche supported by columns, the vessels comprising two fruit(?)-laden kraters, two ewers and two twin-handled vessels, bunches of grapes within the festoons below and egg-shaped motifs within arches on the shoulders, the neck with flaring mouth and rounded inward-folded rim
3¼ in. (8.2 cm.) high
Japanese private collection, late 1960s-early 1970s.
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Cf. E. M. Stern, Roman Mold-blown Glass, The Toledo Museum of Art, 1995, pp. 113-129 for the type and a detailed discussion of the variations to the moulds and symbolism.
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