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Roman Blue Glass Amphora
New York | Vessels
 
Date:  1st Century AD
Culture:  Roman
Category:  Vessels
Medium:  Glass
Dimension: H: 10.2 cm
Price: $12,000.00
Provenance: Acquired on the European art market, 1980‘s.
Serial No: 2734

Glass making technique in antiquity originated in the second millennium B. C. in Egypt and Mesopotamia and progressed from core-molding to mold-pressing and glass-cutting, subsequently to free-blowing and mold-blowing. With a versatility like no other known material in Roman times, abundant availability, lightness and ease of use, glass enabled the imitation of a wide range of other materials (especially precious metals or stones), whether in the form, the design or the color. Furthermore, the ancients certainly knew that glass is a chemically neutral substance, what makes it particularly suitable for the storage of food, but also of cosmetics or pharmaceutical products.