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Flask in the Form of a Wineskin

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1985
Culture
: Roman
Period
: 1st century A.D.
Material
: Glass
Dimensions
: Height: 8.6 cm (3.4 in)
Price
: $40000
Provenance
:

Acquired on the European art market, c.a. 1980’s.

Conditions
:

Complete; the mouth was reassembled from a few fragments; surface cleaned, inside covered with some iridescence and crust.


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Roman glass vessels, which shapes follow natural forms, are not infrequent, they copy a bunch of grapes, pine cone, date, acorn, fish, bird, and even a human face. Other category of vessels imitates objects made by a human hand such as a woven basketry jar, transport amphora, barrel, or, as it is one here, a leather container for wine, a wineskin made of the animal skin, often sewn up from the goat skin. Such a vessel is very rare and does not find a direct analogy. Made of a transparent light-greenish glass using the free-blown technique, it demonstrates the extraordinary technical virtuosity.

Exhibited

TEFAF New York, Spring 2017

SOFA Chicago, November 2017

Bibliography

KUNINA N., Ancient Glass in the Hermitage Collection, St. Petersburg, 1997, pp. 327-328, nos. 377-378.

STERN E. M., The Toledo Museum of Art, Roman Mold-blown Glass, The First Through Sixth Centuries, Toledo, 199, p. 154, no 59 (basket-shape vessel).

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