Roman glass vessel decorated with three bands, 2nd-6th century A.D.

This perfectly preserved Roman vessel is an example of the perfection achieved by the treatment of glass in Ancient Rome. It is decorated with three bands of horizontal lines made with the engraving technique. Vessels of various shapes (more or less globular body, high or low neck, ribbed or smooth handles, etc.) and blown in different colours (aubergine, blue, yellow, transparent, green, etc.) were among the most popular glass products between the first and fourth centuries AD. Their success undoubtedly encouraged glassmakers to be highly inventive in creating new versions, even more attractive to the public. With a versatility unlike any 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 pharmaceutical products, as well as food and liquids.


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