The greenish glass flask with lenticular body,
short neck and thick tubular rim folded inward,
with no base, traces of tooling and pontil mark.
Two handles in darker green colour rising from
the shoulder and attached above the rim, each
with a projection folded outward. Heavy
weathering crust and iridescence throughout.
The shape of these vessels, already found in
ceramic prototypes of the 2nd millennium BC,
was especially easy to produce in blown glass,
since it could be simply achieved by flattening a
globular bubble. These plain flasks usually lack
bases and handles and they were probably
provided with special carrying cases of leather,
straw or cloth to protect them during transport
and which could be tied with handles so that the
flask could be suspended.
The lenticular flasks were used to hold liquids,
but the miniature ones, such as this one, were
used for perfumes and costly oils; indeed an
excavated example from Apamea, Syria, yielded
traces of holy oil in it. In the 3rd and 4th
centuries, lenticular flasks acquired handles and
sometimes even bases.
For a comparable example see: Y. Israel, Ancient
Glass in the Israel Museum, 2003: pl. 358, p.