Seller: artancientltd (9,441) 99.2%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 290950850404 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. Height of flask alone: 7 3/8 inches. Condition: Very good. Unrestored. the surface somewhat flaky as is usual with genuine ancient glass. Provenance: British private collection, acquired in the 1980's. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. 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. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. 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. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics Genuine or Reproduction: Genuine, Original or Reproduction: Original, Material: Glass, Period: 2nd Century A.D.