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RG220

A Roman Glass Flask, late 1st or 2nd century A.D.

of pale gree glass, free blown, the long piriform body on a small flared foot, with a tapering cylindrical neck and a funnel mouth with applied trailing to the base of the neck.

Condition: The bottle is in good condition overall. There are numerous repair joins throughout the surface of the bottle along which the top layer of the glass has chipped here and there. Adhesive residue is noticeable where sections of the body is rejoined.  Heavy dirt and encrustation to one side, but despite the breakage, an most elegant form.  It looks like a "genie" bottle!

Dimensions: Height:  8.5 inches (21.5 cm)

Provenance:  Forming part of the James Stephan Snr. collection, assembled in the 1950's to early 1960's and then by descent.  Dr. Stephan was a US intelligence officer who also held a degree in archaeology.  He was posted in the Anatolian region of Turkey with the US government during this time, and acquired his collection from dealers and villagers throughout the region.
 

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