Roman transport bottles came from the start of glass production
Glass was produced for the first time in Mesopotamia and Egypt around 3,500 years BC. In the beginning, production was limited to small beads, amulets and talismans. It was only 2000 years later that the production of small vessels began, using a smelting process. The vessel’s inner ring was made from sandy loam; then it was dipped and turned in smelted glass, and finally made smooth over fire. After cooling, the inside portion was carefully crushed and removed.
The blowpipe was revolutionary in the production of glass
The blowpipe was invented in the Phoenician Sidon around 200 years BC. It was now possible to produce glass vessels in larger numbers using a simpler process. The method of expanding and manipulating glass with hot air arrived quickly in Europe. In Rome, well-to-do citizens had glass vessels, and even windows, made from this sought after material
- Height: around 15cm
- Colour of glass: Blue/green
There are original archeological finds in many German museums, such as Cologne and Trier. They can, of course, also be seen in former Roman provinces.
- The Carnavalet museum, Paris (France)
- Museum of Antiquity, Rouen (France)
- Municipal museum, Lillebonne (France)
- Royal museum of art history (Belgium)
Roman transport bottle discovered in France
This beautifully formed transport bottle with a handle was manufactured in France and modeled on an original. Its antique predecessor, dating from the first or second century AD, is displayed in the Carnavalet museum in Paris. Many Roman transport bottles from that time can also be seen in German museums. They were used to store and serve small amounts of wine and oil. Amphorae were used for larger amounts. It was usual for Roman transport bottles to have a handle but, in this case, decoration in the form of meticulous fluting emphasised it.
The glass of the Roman transport bottle’s is pale blue/green and the colour is much deeper at the base of the handle. It is around 15cm tall.
Roman transport bottle as a decorative or useful article today
A replica of an ancient Roman transport bottle is a mark of stylish tableware and will find a place on any beautifully laid table today.
Not just for those who love art and collectors of antique treasures, the decorative bottles are a coveted piece of history.
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