London, South Kensington
15 May 2002
A ROMAN PALE GREEN GLASS FLASK WITH ENCLOSED THREADS
4TH-5TH CENTURY A.D.
The body with applied dark blue chain decoration around the shoulder, similar spiral trails around the tall gently flaring neck, four internally trapped threads within the flask, each pulled from near the base, forming concave points on the exterior, and re-attached to the shoulder, concave base
7¾ in. (19.8 cm.) high
Wolkenberg collection, New York: sold Christie's London, The Alfred Wolkenberg Collection of Ancient Glass, 9 July 1991, lot 50.
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Cf. S. H. Auth, Ancient Art at the Newark Museum, Newark, 1976, p. 128, no. 158 for a flask with similar trapped threads. These were created by the glassblower jabbing the glass bubble at intervals with a sharp implement before inflating it.
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