Roman small glass cup, 200-600 A.D.

This perfectly preserved Roman vase is an example of the perfection achieved by the treatment of glass in Ancient Rome. Vessels of various shapes (more or less globular body, high or low neck, ribbed or smooth handles, etc.) and blown in different colours (eggplant, blue, yellow, transparent, green, etc.) between the 1st and 4th centuries A.D. were part of the most demanded glass products. Their success undoubtedly encouraged glassmakers to be highly inventive in creating new versions, even more attractive to the public. With versatility like no other material known in Roman times, the abundant availability, lightness and ease of use of glass allowed the imitation of a wide range of other materials, especially precious metals. On the other hand, the ancients certainly knew that glass is a chemically neutral substance, which makes it particularly suitable for the storage of cosmetics or pharmaceuticals, as well as food and liquids.


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