Ancient Roman Glass Amphora Vase


This ancient Roman glass amphora vase displays a delicate, golden wave decoration and a shimmering iridescence. On ancient glass, iridescence is a result of the glass’s chemical reaction to the sun, the water, and mineral in the earth in which it was buried. After the discovery of glass items at Roman excavation sites in the 19th century, that iridescence inspired many glass artists, including Louis Comfort Tiffany, who used it as the inspiration for his revolutionary favrile glass. Almost certainly used to hold the spices, perfumes or medicines that were so integral to affluent Roman life, this museum-quality piece is a rare and wonderful item for any collector.

Glass was one of the most popular and useful materials in nearly every aspect of daily life in ancient Rome. Though the Romans did not invent glass, they revolutionized its production, particularly with the invention of glassblowing in the 1st century B.C., and mold-blowing, or blowing glass into a cast mold, circa 45 A.D. These methods allowed artists to create items in a wide variety of shapes.

Held in a later stand.

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Creation Date:
100 A.D.

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