Large Roman Glass Pomegranate Sprinkler Flask - 200 AD

A beautiful, large and rare ancient Roman Pomegranate form sprinkler flask, dating to approximately 200 AD.

The globular body with six pinched ribs, the short cylindrical neck constricted at the bottom, with flaring collared lip and numerous pinched feet at the base.

The pomegranate appears many times in ancient art, being associated in Graeco-Roman times with beauty, fertility and the afterlife. The shape of the pomegranate calyx as depicted on this vessel may also be an allusion to the poppy bud and its narcotic properties. Sprinkler flasks such as this are so-named owing to the tight constriction at the base of the neck on the interior, which despite the size of the vessel would allow a trickle of fluid to emerge from the lip when it was poured. Thus, sprinkler flasks tended to be used to hold valuable ointments, where one would not wish to waste the contents. For a similar but smaller flask in the Virtual Egyptian Museum online database, see the following link.

The largest vessel of this form we have seen. Compare a smaller flask from the Plesch collection, which sold recently at auction in London.

Large Roman Glass Pomegranate Sprinkler Flask - 200 AD. A beautiful, large and rare ancient Roman Pomegranate form sprinkler flask, dating to approximately 200 AD. The globular body with six pinched ribs, the short cylindrical neck constricted at the bottom, with flaring collared lip and numerous pinched feet at the base. The pomegranate appears many times in ancient art, being associated in Graeco-Roman times with beauty, fertility and the afterlife. The shape of the pomegranate calyx as depicted on this vessel may also be an allusion to the poppy bud and its narcotic properties. Sprinkler flasks such as this are so-named owing to the tight constriction at the base of the neck on the interior, which despite the size of the vessel would allow a trickle of fluid to emerge from the lip when it was poured. Thus, sprinkler flasks tended to be used to hold valuable ointments, where one would not wish to waste the contents. For a similar but smaller flask in the Virtual Egyptian Museum online database, see the following link. The largest vessel of this form we have seen. Compare a smaller flask from the Plesch collection, which sold recently at auction in London.

  • Price: $5,250.00 - In stock
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