Gallo-Roman Blue Glass Bottle

Culture: Roman/Gaul
Period: 1st-2nd century A.D.
Material: Glass
Dimensions: 23.5 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 3358
Provenance: French private collection, acquired between 1975 and 1980 at an auction in Auxerre, France.
Condition: Intact
Description: A large bottle blown into form of thick, blue, slightly transparent glass. The corpus is rectangular, the base square, the shoulders horizontal. The neck cylindrical, the rim widely pulled outwards and flattened. The separately worked out, finely ribbed band handle starts at the shoulder and ends on the upper neck. At the bottom two concentric circles as relief decoration. These rectangular glass bottles were used to transport liquids. In certain occasions these bottles were also used as urns, which seems to be rather unusual due to the narrow neck, but certainly was not uncommon.