ROMAN COBALT BLUE GLASS AMPHORISKOS Mold-blown, the ovoid body with concentric horizontal ridges and a pointed base, with a cylindrical neck, flaring mouth, the rim folded out then in, and twin vertical handles. Later 1st Century AD H. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm.)
Scientists say a cut glass bowl excavated from a 5th-century burial mound in Nara Prefecture originated in ancient Persia, the first domestic glassware scientifically confirmed to have arrived from western Asia. The chemical composition was almost identical to that of glass shards excavated from the ruins of a palace from the Sasanian Empire (226-651) in present-day Iran and Iraq.The glass bowl is on display at the Tokyo National Museum through Dec. 7.
A ROMAN GLASS GOBLET CIRCA 4TH CENTURY A.D. Translucent dark blue in color, the deep ovoid beaker mold-blown and further inflated, with vertical fluting below the rim, elaborate honeycomb pattern on the body, the honeycombs distended toward the base, the rim flaring slightly and cut off, the profiled foot with a beaded stem 8 in. (20.3 cm.) high