Roman Olive Green Mold-Blown Glass Sprinkler Flask
CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Roman Empire, probably Syria / Palestine.
DATE: 3rd or early 4th Century CE
DIMENSIONS: 8.5 cm tall (3.4 in.), 4.73 cm wide at the rim (1.75 in.), 5.0 cm wide in the body (2.0 in.)
DESCRIPTION: Intact. A Roman mold-blown sprinkler flask of transparent light olive green glass. There is a cylindrical internal diaphragm at the base of the cylindrical neck formed by a cut-out with a small central aperture. The body was blown into a two-part mold, creating a surface pattern of diamonds in relief. A wide splayed rim, folded over forms the thick, beveled edge. The bottom is flattened. There is a pontil mark at the bottom, and minimal encrustation on the interior.
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a German private collection until 2002. California private collection until 2012.
COMPARISONS: E. Marianne Stern, Roman, Byzantine, and Early Medieval Glass, 10 BCE - 700 CE, Ernesto Wolf Collection, Osfildern-Ruit, 2001,Catalogue Numbers 130, 131 and 132 for very similar examples in transparent grayish-green, transparent pale green and transparent colorless glass, respectively.