Flask - ROM2010_11646_11



Medium:Blown glass
Geography: Syro-Palestine
Date: c. 200-300 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
7.4 cm
Object number: 2005.81.11
Credit Line: Gift of Alice Ross daughter of Gillies Ross
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East
DescriptionA round bottomed flask. The iridescent surface of this ancient glass is the result of decay. Humidity fluctuations and acidic soil conditions cause a gradual eating-away of the surface as the glass breaks down into its natural components. A refractive film of decay builds up, producing the rainbow colours.
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