Culture: Eastern Mediterranean.
Date 4th Century A.D.
Condition: Intact, Excellent, with excessive weathering and iridescence.
Provenance: Ex: American private collection, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Measurements: 3.75 inches high (9.5 cms).
Rim and neck are free blown. Body blown into two-part mold of two vertical sections. The neck neck is funnel shaped, the body in the shape of a double head, with ribbon handle with three crimps, originating from neck coil and attached to shoulder. The two heads that form the body, one witha smiling face, the other in a more serious face. An extremely rare type of head flask, especially with this type of handle.
Cf: Cat. no. 162, p. 242, The Tlodeo Museum of Art, Roman Mold-Blown Glass, The First Through Sixteenth Century, Stern; Damascus National Museum, no. 5521, from Djebel Drouz, South Syria, Zouhdi 1964, 49, no. 47, fig 33; Newark, no. 50.1438, Auth 1976, 201, no. 342; Hanover, Germany, Kestner-Museum, no. 1929, 253; Kofler-Trniger 1985, 56, no. 85; Luuzern 1981, 83, no. 286.