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Item:291582706477Details: An exceptional Roman green glass aryballos, dating to the 1st -2nd Century AD. The free-blown Aryballos with round body, slightly flattened base, short cylindrical neck and thick, collared rim. Two applied dolphin strap handles bilaterally, folded downwards and upwards at the neck. The aryballos decorated with several lathe-cut circumferential lines, faintly visible on the mid-body. A fine example with golden iridescence and a nice patina. The Aryballos was an ancient container used for storing oil. Vessels such as this were worn by Ancient Roman athletes and used in cleansing of the skin, as described by Herrmann and Kondoleon: After exercising, the athletes stripped off the oily, dirty, sweaty, and often bloody mess using a metal scraper - called a stlengis in Greek, but better known by its Latin name, strigil. The oils were kept in long alabastra or small round aryballoi, which have been found in glass, bronze and ceramic versions. Athletes typically carried these from a strap wrapped around their wrists. References: J.Herrmann, C.Kondoleon, Games for the Gods: The Greek Athlete and the Olympic Spirit, 2004, MFA, p.132. Height: 4 3/4 inches Length: Width: Condition: Intact and unrestored with beautiful iridescence. Provenance: Ex. Lohrey collection, Frankfurt, Germany. A prominent collector of ancient ceramics and glass, rather than focusing on one particular culture Mr. Lohrey went after only the best examples from across antiquity. Buying throughout the 1980s – 1990s, with a keen eye. Approximate region of origin: Authenticity Our parent company, ArtAncient Ltd. are members of the Antiquities Dealers Association, LAPADA, CINOA and the BNTA. We exhibit at major art fairs and have sold to museums and important collectors. All objects we sell are authentic as described. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. Our terms and conditions are available on request or can be found on our website. As legitimate sellers, we do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation.