Glass head flask
- Late Imperial
- 4th century A.D.
- Roman, probably Syrian
- Glass, blue; mold-blown
- Height: 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Other (width of head): 3 1/16 in. (7.8 cm)
Diameter: 2 5/16 x 2 1/2 in. (5.9 x 6.3 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Renée E. and Robert A. Belfer, 2012
- Accession Number:
Translucent cobalt blue, with same color handle and base.
Everted rim with cracked off vertical lip; broad funnel-shaped neck, splaying slightly at base; narrow horizontal shoulder; body molded into the shape of a head in the round, with vertical mold marks down sides of head in hair behind ears; below head sides curve in to round bottom; thick trail wound round bottom 3½ times to form splayed base ring; wishbone handle applied to lower half of neck in a large pad, drawn out and up, then tooled into a pinched thumb-rest with acute angle below, and drawn vertically down to back of head and trailed off down to base with decoration of twenty horizontal ribs.
The head portrays a youth with long hair arranged in wavy locks at back, reaching to nape of the neck and behind the ears; fringe of straight locks on his forehead; the head has prominent ears, almond-shaped eyes with inset pupils, and a protruding, thick upper lip, pointed nose, and small chin.
Intact, except for a small chips at proper right side of head and in base ring; slight encrustation and faint dulling.
The head is that of a youth with the large almond-shaped eyes and neat, flowing locks that are typical of Late Roman portraiture.