3 June 2009
A ROMAN RIBBON GLASS ALABASTRON
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.
Cylindrical in form, assembled from fused canes of yellow, white, aubergine, green and blue, spiral twisted around a central rod from the rounded base to the cut-off rim
3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) high
Private Collection, 1990s.
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