Head Flask

  • Eastern Mediterranean or Italy
  • 1st centuty A.D.
Catalogue Entry

This flask was blown from white or possibly yellowish white glass and then molded in a two-part mold. The regularly arranged faces have the eyes and nose fully in relief. The neck is wrapped with a cord whose knot can be seen beneath the chins of the faces. This face could depict Medusa with a snake wrapped around her neck. In comparison to other head flasks, this molding is clear cut and a superb work. This jar was probably used to hold perfumed oils.